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We Need to Invert the Modern Missions Model of the Last Century

We Need to Invert the Modern Missions Model of the Last Century

The world and its geo-political sensitivities are far different from the last century. While industries, businesses, and politicians have to contend with phenomenal changes, it appears that Western churches and missions are unwilling to adapt to the complex new realities.

Take, for example, the lingo used by mission organizations. Many still use old language, which triggers deep hostility and violence against Christians. Terms like “conversion” or “unreached people groups” cause great trouble.

52 Percent of Protestant Churchgoers Say Their Church Encourages Prosperity Gospel Beliefs

52 Percent of Protestant Churchgoers Say Their Church Encourages Prosperity Gospel Beliefs

A new study from Lifeway Research found that 52 percent of American Protestant churchgoers believe their church encourages them to give more money to church and charities so God will bless them.

What's Behind America's 'Great Dechurching'?

What's Behind America's 'Great Dechurching'?

Faith, particularly Christian faith, is an irreplaceable force for good in society. Its decline will leave America less healthy, less charitable, less connected, and less capable of dealing with major social ills without government intervention. Evidence suggests it already has. 

At the same time, it is essential to remember that these benefits are byproducts of faith, not the main point. Anyone who hopes to halt and reverse church decline must remember what that main point is.  

Good Enough Is Not Good Enough for God

Good Enough Is Not Good Enough for God

If you’re like me, there’s a tiny voice in your mind assuring you that you’re somehow different. Airline crashes are extremely rare and happen to other people; the Maui wildfires and Ukrainian conflict are likely thousands of miles away.

How Can Christians Aid Pakistanis Facing Persecution?

How Can Christians Aid Pakistanis Facing Persecution?

Perhaps you’ve heard the news. Fires torching hundreds of properties. Entire households burned to the ground. Every personal belonging lost. Thousands of lives destroyed. The devastation has been unprecedented, and it will take years to rebuild that which can be rebuilt. But the personal tragedies and lives lost may never heal.

If you’re in the West, you may have heard about the tremendous loss in Maui, Hawaii. Wildfires have left a trail of death and destruction. As horrible as that is, that’s not what I am writing about today.

While Maui was burning in what was an act of God, Christian communities in Pakistan have been burning, torched to the ground, not as an act of God but as an act of evil.

A Reflection on the Future of Our Democracy

A Reflection on the Future of Our Democracy

The future of our democracy depends on the moral transformation of our people. As the only light in a dark world (Matthew 5:14-16), this process starts with us. But we must be changed to be the change we need to see. We must settle for nothing less than holistic holiness and then ask the Spirit to make us more like Christ than we have ever been as we submit daily to his lordship and obey his word and will.

You Are Your Body

You Are Your Body

Are bodies something we merely “have,” or are our bodies essential to who we are?

Colleges Are Having to Change… So Will You

Colleges Are Having to Change… So Will You
Higher education is experiencing not simply a communication revolution. Generation Z is forcing course makeovers, “pushing academics to be more hands-on and job-relevant.” Millennials may have wanted climbing walls and en suite kitchens; Generation Z wants all things career development. Generation Z is even changing office hours.

Till We Have Faces: Our Digital Veils Keep Us from Being Known and Loved

Till We Have Faces: Our Digital Veils Keep Us from Being Known and Loved

Our “digital veils” function as a source of power and control, in a way depicted long ago in C.S. Lewis’s classic, Till We Have Faces. The main character and narrator in the story is Orual, the unattractive and tomboyish older sister of the goddess Psyche. Orual convinces Psyche to disobey her husband, the god Cupid, who then banishes Psyche and ends their marriage. As a result, Orual decides to live out the rest of her days wearing a black veil.

The veil, which starts off as “a sort of treaty made with [her] ugliness,” quickly becomes a form of power and control. Whereas her ugliness and mannishness caused others to disregard her, the veil gives her a kind of power over others. Her father, the king, takes her seriously, suitors flock to her, and enemies respect her. By shrouding her face in mystery, the veil even led some to imagine she was a dazzling beauty or even a spirit.

What Disasters Reveal about Our Moral Foundations

What Disasters Reveal about Our Moral Foundations

What is true of Americans is true of America. Our founding declaration states: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.”

When we stand on life, we oppose abortion and euthanasia. When we stand on liberty, we oppose human trafficking and prostitution, slavery, and unfair incarceration. When we stand on the pursuit of happiness, we oppose systemic poverty, discrimination, and racism.

It is because our post-truth culture is abandoning these foundational principles that our moral edifice is crumbling amid the culture wars lashing our nation.