How To Think
Who but Christians really believe that the story we inhabit ends as a comedy and not a tragedy?
Here are seven principles for surviving the very real cultural shifts the church is presently enduring.
The cultural tumult around us is no cause for either the clenching of the fists or the wringing of the hands.
You honor God by paying your taxes. Did you know the IRS could be an agent of your sanctification?
It is far too early to sign the church’s death warrant. Therefore, news of its decline have been greatly exaggerated.
How To Speak and Pray
There is an overwhelming sense among Christians in the West that we are not only in a time of cultural decline, but that it is gaining pace. If that’s true, how should Christians pray?
I appeal to all Christians: Let us move to a new level in our commitment to pray for the outpouring of God’s saving and sanctifying power in our day.
We must guard against responses to cultural decline that appeal to a past that never existed or a future God hasn’t promised.
The pastor who preaches for the transformation of his people is equipping them for service in this life that will echo into eternity.
How does talk of denominational decline affect your pastoral prayers?
Do we always have to fight to be faithful?
What To Make of Persecution
As we contemplate persecution—and the persecuted—we realize that blessedness is something more than (and something strangely different from) what we had imagined.
It appears in retrospect that the Cultural Revolution, seen at the time as an unmitigated disaster for the church, was actually of great assistance to the growth of Christianity in many places in China.
There is an honesty and a holy distinctiveness in being a Christian in Australia today that makes the work of evangelism and the reality of church so much easier.
May these persevering lives in the midst of persecution and suffering instruct us, as perhaps even now we endure, or are preparing to endure.
Read this book if for no other reason than it puts flesh and bone on our prayers as it illustrates the faithfulness of God in keeping his promises.
How good of an archer would you be if you didn’t know how to recognize a target?
The decline of the church in the West calls for a hope-filled and humble response.
Books like the two reviewed here will help keep Christians aware of the persecution being suffered in the wake of gospel discipleship.
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