Category Archives: Worldview and Culture

Do you have a religious preference?

“Do you have a religious preference?” That is what the nurse asked after leading me to the exam room where I was to meet the doctor. There were other questions I wasn’t expecting, questions health care professionals ask nowadays, like: “Do you feel safe in your own home?” But it was the question about religious preference that struck me.
It sounded so odd. “Do you have a religious preference?” as if religion was sold at Baskin-Robbins and comes in thirty-one flavors. Maybe I should have asked her to put down the religious flavor of the month.
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The Millennials Migration from the Faith

Another young, prominent Evangelical Christian has left the fold. Joshua Harris was 21 years old when he wrote, “I Kissed Dating Goodbye.” Since being published in 1997, his book has sold over a million copies and has been hailed by conservatives for its guidance in navigating relationships with the opposite sex. Last year, Harris renounced the book. This year, he renounced the faith.

Harris joins other high-profile Evangelical millennials in the flight from faith. Non-Evangelical millennials are also leaving – a recent study suggests more than half are already gone – but they are more likely to drift from the faith quietly, not buzz the deck as they fly away. When people like Harris – people who have made a name for themselves precisely because they were Evangelicals – leave the faith, they make headlines. Depressing headlines.

Why are we seeing this exodus of young Christians, Evangelical and otherwise? Why is it happening now, at this point in history? Can anything be done to turn it around? Continue reading

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When God Moved to the Old-Folks Home

…have relegated God to the celestial nursing home. They may visit him on Sundays or they may not, but they don’t expect to meet him on Main Street. Continue reading

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The Empty Promise: Salvation Without a Savior

Some people are looking for salvation without a savior, justice without a judge, and utopia without a heaven. Continue reading

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Why You Should Not Claim “the Right Side of History”

History doesn’t have sides nor does it take sides. It is simply the story of which sides we have taken. Continue reading

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“People Have Forgotten God”

It seems unbelievable, but even in worship people are in danger of forgetting God. Continue reading

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If Shakespeare Were Writing from Washington

The power-hungry devour those around them. The truly powerful do just the opposite: they nurture and empower them. Continue reading

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Get off the Bandwagon of Hate

Six days after the 9/11 attacks, in remarks made at the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C., President George W. Bush told his audience, “These acts of violence against innocents violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith.” He went on … Continue reading

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Is it Wrong for Christians to Evangelize?

Christ’s spokesmen are not salespeople, trying to talk folks into doing something they would rather not do. Continue reading

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Something’s Missing

Do you ever feel like something’s missing? There is a reason for that. Something is missing: you! Continue reading

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