With every election cycle, churches, their leaders, and congregants, face the same questions: Where do we fit into this debate? What positions should we take on the issues before us? What is our responsibility to our society? What are the limits of our engagement?
Secular progressivism, in the spirit of the Babel-builders, wants a utopia on human terms. They quest for nothing less than the restoration of Paradise, but without God. Few things show this as graphically as the illusion for a borderless world that has gripped so many left-progressives.
Now, say many cultural observers, we are in the post-Postmodern period. But what do we call it? I suggest The Age of Virtualism. We have virtual identities in the form of avatars, or even "appropriated" ethnicity. We have virtual church.
The current political tone and the debate over "civility" demonstrate that the "root" is growing rapidly in America, and is being nurtured by many important voices who douse the socio-cultural-political landscape with vitriol.
The elites that now determine our culture's values consensus are spiritually, philosophically, and morally insane, self-deluded. Either that or they are craftily devious.
The Kavanaugh hearings and their tattle-tale antics, the various hash-tag movements, the growing passion for the nanny state, the adolescent lasciviousness of leaders in institutional and corporate life—sadly the church included—and childish, tongue-waving, na-na-na-na-na tweets, even from the president of the United States, provoke a question: Where are the grown-ups?
The latest swashbuckling over Kavanaugh shows that many who govern have lost their focus in this crazy age. But so have some of us who seek to lead churches, as contemporary scandals reveal.
Pope Francis could learn much from the Watergate debacle. Nixon told an aide that "the people forget in six weeks." Nixon chose the political route and it destroyed his presidency.
It's time to take seriously Simon Peter's Holy Spirit-given words: "Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." It's time to understand that the Revelation is not a comic book.
Pentecostal and Charismatic Christianity are proving as transformational as the first century church was in ancient Rome. They also reveal the stark contrasts between mere revolution and extraordinary transformation.
The age of "Why?" and "How?" is upon us. "Why?" is so often the question of theodicy, the doctrine of evil: "Why, if God is loving, and good, and kind would this bad thing happen to me/us/them?"
Ambivalence and ambiguity seem to be the new cool in some facets of Christianity. Perhaps it is only in the safe sanctuaries of sensate western culture that notable evangelicals can dally with doubt and ambiguity regarding the Bible, when they should be declaring boldly, "Thus saith the Lord!"
As the United States readies to celebrate its independence on July 4, a thorny question arises: Does the Bible really grant nations—especially those once labeled "Christian"—the right of revolution, or do the Scriptures forbid it?
Is America a Christian Nation? That's a conversation going on currently in Dallas, Texas, once a "Vatican" of the Evangelical Bible Belt, home of the Baptist General Convention of Texas and other denominations, headquarters city for many large Christian ministries, and location of several of the nation's largest churches.
To comprehend what North Korea's future could look like, all Kim needs do is contemplate South Korea. Theologian and Korea expert Kirsteen Kim says that "the economic boom of the country could never be explained completely apart from the religious influence coming from Christianity."
The aim of the powers of darkness is the exact opposite of everything for which the Kingdom of God stands. Instead of righteousness-justice, the enemy of God and His creation seeks evil and injustice.
After decades of direct participation in the Church and culture wars, I submit the following as some of the areas where the Church—especially evangelicals (including me) who stress biblical authority as the basis of worldview—must recover equilibrium
Consider seven malignancies (among many) that I believe are infecting contemporary evangelicalism and metastasizing throughout the culture
Contemporary Western culture is critically ill. This is the frequent lament of many evangelical Christians—including myself. But it's time to face a hard fact: What's wrong with American (and Western) culture results from what's wrong with many churches and Christian movements within it.
The dedication of the American Embassy in Jerusalem was monumental. For multitudes, the event was a monumental blessing. For many others the day constituted monumental crisis. For Mitt Romney, the historic event gave opportunity for a cheap shot at President Donald Trump.
Contemporary political discourse reminds one of a locker room full of pubescent boys trying to out-gross and out-bad one another (with apologies to decent teenagers everywhere).
Into the fetid air of the great dismal that is today's selfie-celebrity cultural swamp comes the fresh breeze of a Tammie Jo Shults. Shults is a living example of the "remnant" described in both the Old and New Testaments. These are people of open, unwavering faith in God and His word expressed in the Bible, deeply committed to Christ, driven by a Holy Spirit-empowered passion that all people would know His love
Is there any possibility of hope after a catastrophic fall or allegation? If the accused selects the road to recovery and restoration, he or she will first hit the hard trail of brute honesty.
It is better to be "awakened" than "woke."
As I think of Donald Trump going to meet Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, I feel the urgency of prayer.