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The Church’s Sickness Unto Death

In my last few essays (here, here, and here) I’ve been arguing that American Christianity, and evangelical Christianity particularly, thinks about the church in mostly instrumental ways. The church’s core identity is summed up in what it’s called to do, in most cases, one form of mission activity or another. …

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Taylor President Surprises University with Resignation

Taylor University announced yesterday morning that its president, Paul Lowell Haines, is resigning at the end of the summer. After three years at the helm of the nondenominational Christian college, his departure comes on his own accord and despite continued support from the university’s board of trustees, according to Taylor’s …

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Waging a Smarter War on Porn

Porn appears to be overrunning Christian cultures. Some have quietly capitulated. Evangelicalism, however, has not. But conservative Christians are no longer on the offensive against “obscenity,” as they were in the 1970s and ’80s. Today, they’re in survival mode. That’s one lesson we learn from Addicted to Lust: Pornography in …

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Should Evangelism Be the Highest Priority of Christians at Work?

This week, the Lausanne Movement has gathered 700 Christian leaders in Manila for its Global Workplace Forum. Among the many topics under discussion is where evangelism should rank among the priorities of Christians at their workplaces. Is workplace ministry primarily about evangelism? Answers arranged from “yes” to “no”: Gea Gort, …

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Prayer & Polarization

Polarization has been trending for a long time. Especially in politics, but also in education, religion, economics, race, and more. Even suggesting a place in the lonely middle-of-the-road can spark accusations of compromise and capitulation. Like the North Pole and the South Pole, polarization is about opposites that never meet …

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