Culture

Left Behind in America: Following Christ after Culture Wars

By Russell D. Moore | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.28.2014

The cultural tumult around us is no cause for either the clenching of the fists or the wringing of the hands.

Blessed Are the Persecuted

By Greg Cochran | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.28.2014

As we contemplate persecution—and the persecuted—we realize that blessedness is something more than (and something strangely different from) what we had imagined.

How to Survive a Cultural Crisis

By Mark Dever | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.24.2014

Here are seven principles for surviving the very real cultural shifts the church is presently enduring.

Complementarianism & Cultural Engagement

By M. Dever, O. Strachan | 10.23.2014

Mark Dever interviews CBMW President Owen Strachan on Chuck Colson, Carl F. H. Henry, and the state of the complementarian debate.

The American Jeremiad: A Bit of Perspective on the Rhetoric of Decline

By Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.23.2014

We must guard against responses to cultural decline that appeal to a past that never existed or a future God hasn’t promised.

Cheerful Confidence after Christendom

By Timothy Larsen | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.21.2014

Who but Christians really believe that the story we inhabit ends as a comedy and not a tragedy?

Book Review: Shrink, by Tim Suttle

Review by Shawn Merithew | 10.20.2014

This book has value insofar as it raises critical questions about churches’ love of pragmatism. But that’s about it.

Sexuality and Silence

By Andrew Wilson | 10.17.2014

Our desire to be wisely engaged in the culture should affect how we talk about ethical issues, but not whether we do at all.

Why Are Young Blacks Leaving the Church?

By Tony Carter | 10.16.2014

The world needs a church that knows that Satan does not mind it embracing the implications of Christ as long as it does not embrace and thus proclaim Christ himself.

Book Review: Ordinary, by Michael Horton

Review by Dallas Goebel | 10.15.2014

God has given us some very ordinary means of grace through which he will do some extraordinary things.

On Being an “Ordinary” Christian: An Interview with Michael Horton

By Alex Duke | 10.14.2014

If we were more serious about these ordinary means of grace, I’m convinced the church would have a much stronger witness in the world today.

Book Review: Homespun Gospel, by Todd Brenneman

Review by Matt McCullough | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.13.2014

This book criticizes Joel Osteen, Rick Warren, and Max Lucado for their sentimentality. Is the critique convincing?

Book Review: Renaissance, by Os Guinness

Review by Zach Schlegel | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 10.06.2014

The decline of the church in the West calls for a hope-filled and humble response.

Book Review: The Rise of the Nones, by James Emery White

Review by Derek Rishmawy | 9Marks Journal: Vanishing Church? | 09.22.2014

How good of an archer would you be if you didn’t know how to recognize a target?

Book Review: The Twilight of the American Enlightenment, by George Marsden

Review by Matt McCullough | 09.16.2014

George Marsden offers us a window into a lost world and, to some extent, the story of how that world was lost.