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Apologists and Pastors Connecting for Ministry: Stories of How You Can Do It

(Hear more of the story at the Thinking Christian podcast.) Apologists need to connect with pastors, and vice versa. We need each other. Pastors need the best possible understanding of changes in our culture, which apologists are uniquely equipped to ...

RELEASED TODAY ON KINDLE! Too Good to be False: How Jesus’ Incomparable Character Reveals His Reality

It came a day or two earlier than I expected, so I'm scrambling to catch up — but I'm very excited to announce the release at last on Kindle — of Too Good to be False: How Jesus' Incomparable Character ...

Apologists and Pastors, Here’s How We Can Finally Work Together (And We’d Better Get To It!)

I met a pastor from my home town at a conference a couple years ago, actually a pastors' pastor, who ministered to dozens of others in our area. I was grateful when he agreed to meet for lunch. As we ...

Pastor, Your Job Is About Cross-Cultural Missions Now. Could You Use Some Help?

Listen to the Thinking Christian podcast on this topic! Dorothy's line was prescient: “Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.” Today you could almost say Kansas itself isn't in Kansas anymore, as if the whole world got ...

A Conversation with Gay/Progressive Leader Brandan Robertson

I had a most interesting conversation on Thursday with Brandan Robertson, who's a leading spokesman for gay and progressive Christianity, on everything from the character of Jesus, to the nature of the Bible, to Christianity's connection to slavery. Not much ...

Streaming Live on Thursday: Conversation with LGBT Activist Pastor Brandan Robertson

Brandan Robertson is a globally prominent gay activist pastor with whom I've been exchanging emails over the past couple weeks. It's been a cordial conversation, and he and I have agreed to move to a live online video conference tomorrow ...

Heat to Light: Our Lost Moral High Ground, and How to Begin Reclaiming It

Remember when Christianity held the moral high ground? Maybe not. Depends on how long you've been around. It sure isn't the case now, at least not in the minds of many of our contemporaries. (This post accompanies the Thinking Christian ...

Moving From Heat to Light: Worldviews in Conflict

(You can listen to this blog post here.) Cultural conflict doesn’t come from just nowhere. Ours has been building for a while. The intensity of it comes out of Westerners' incredibly diverse worldviews, our way of seeing reality. For much ...

Heat to Light 2: Grace and Truth

(This post accompanies my latest podcast, Episode 2-2, Grace and Truth in Heat-to-Light Conversations.) I'm continuing today with my extended series on "Heat to Light: From Cultural Conflict to Spiritual Transformation." (That title is still a bit in flux, but ...

From Heat to Light: Transforming the Heat of Cultural Controversy Into the Light of Spiritual Growth

We're in a new season in American Christianity, with unprecedented heat falling upon believers. With it I'm now announcing a new season of equipping here at Thinking Christian. I'm titling it "From Heat to Light: Transforming the Heat of Cultural ...