In this episode, Mark chats with Jonathan about his new book How the Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith & Politics in a Divided Age.
For many churches, the Sunday School hour has gone by the wayside. In this episode of Pastors’ Talk, Mark and Jonathan talk about how Core Seminar classes can become a vital ministry for any local church.
Phrases like “I’m more Christian than black or white” are gloriously true, but they’re often wielded in white culture to enable and encourage colorblindness.
Some say that religion shouldn’t be brought into the public square, especially not into politics. This common wisdom is well-intentioned but wrong, unhelpful, and ultimately impossible to put into practice.
We serve America best when we don’t serve her first.
In our rush to explain and emphasize the differences between men and women, we too often forget to emphasize the gloriously counter-culture truth of the equality of men and women.
Where do we first beat swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks? Where should love of enemy first dissolve a nation’s tribalism? Where should Lincoln’s “just and lasting peace” first take root and grow?
We should tell the stories of successful Christian social advocates. But we should also tell the “unsuccessful” stories too, and explain how so many “unsuccessful” heroes pleased God through their faithfulness.
Our cultural engagement should always advertise our true hope. Just as we are not of this world, our hope is not of this world—nor is it dependent on this world’s acceptance.
Caesar never prompted Jesus to rejoice (Lk. 10:21). Pilate never prompted him to sweat blood. Why? Because he trusted a sovereign Father and saw a kingdom that would triumph over all rivals.
The local church was never meant to be a cultural, comfortable, bourgeois social club that affirms people in their idolatry and helps them along on a journey to their “best life now.” It was meant to be a counterculture, a set-apart community embodying a radically different vision for human flourishing.
We asked four minority brothers the following question: How can we work toward greater ethnic unity in our churches?
Being a good neighbor is a crucial component to being a faithful evangelist. We should all aspire to be gospel neighbors.
No matter the size of your membership, your church can (and must) pursue leadership training—and this book provides the tools to do it.
It’s not a pastor’s job to have a PhD. But pastors are called to protect the flock from false teachers, and to shepherd people through theological questions and concerns.