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Posted by on Sep 25, 2013 in Culture | 2 comments

Three Lessons for Evangelical Leaders

Three Lessons for Evangelical Leaders

Ross Douthat’s Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics won Christianity Today’s 2013 “Best Book of the Year” award in “Christianity and Culture” for a reason. Check out this stunning quote, pasted on the back of the Fall 2013 Issue of Comment Magazine: “This turn boded ill for Evangelicalism’s long-term future, because although the ‘para’ groups were immensely successful at religious mobilization, they weren’t as effective at sustaining commitment across a life span or across generations. “They were institutions for an anti-institutional faith, you might say, which meant that they were organized around personalities and causes and rarely created the sense of comprehensive, intergenerational community…You couldn’t spend your whole life in Campus Crusade for Christ, or raise your daughters as a Promise Keeper, or count on groups like the Moral Majority of the Christian Coalition to sustain your belief system beyond the next election cycle. “For that kind of staying power, you needed a confessional tradition, a church, an institution capable of outlasting its charismatic founders.” As...

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Posted by on Feb 10, 2013 in Culture, Theology | 0 comments

Work and the Destiny of the World

Work and the Destiny of the World

  Our view of the destiny of the world should deeply influence how we understand work. In the renewed Jerusalem, there is a river flowing from “the throne of God and of the Lamb down the middle of the great street of the city,” (Rev. 22:2).  And on both sides of river is “the tree of life, bearing crops of fruit.” The tree of life, from which humanity was exiled after the Fall in Genesis, is now at the heart of the city.  The culmination of history includes both the divine (throne, river, and tree of life) and the human (the city). The great hope of the Christian faith is for a renewed human city, a day in which God will reign over human life, including our cultural production that comes from work. This biblical vision of the future is radical, especially when we compared to other worldviews: The traditional fundamentalist vision is that this world will be burned up in judgment and believers will live with God in...

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