The question we face today: Are biblical ideas still relevant? We can agree that Christians ought to be nice people: if you met a group of young men in a dark alley, it ought to make a difference if they were coming from a Bible study. But does this imply that we can or we ought to apply the Bible’s teachings at a cultural level? Should we try to shape culture? Should society put up with us trying to do so?
Author Glenn Stanton talks about his new book, Loving My (LGBT) Neighbor, explaining how Christians can relate to our LGBT neighbors with grace and love without compromising truth.
Many Christians have made an enormous impact throughout history. We live the with results of their work, and yet we don’t know their names. I want to put a spotlight on the forgotten individuals – people we might not even have heard of – and focus particularly on people who had an impact on freedom.
As a pastor who understands the power of God’s justice, Christopher Brooks worked tirelessly to further the biblical worldview in his urban context, building healthy relationships between people of every race, nationality, and socio-economic class. With the growing anger around race relations in the U.S., this excerpt from Pastor Brooks’ recent book would provide thoughtful insight into the issue.
Read an excerpt from Dr. Jeff Myers’ latest book, Grow Together. The aim of this chapter is to equip mentors to help others find meaning. The hunger for meaning leads Americans to attempt to find satisfaction in the worst of places. But you could change that. Coaching, or mentoring, is one of those life-giving practices that sets Christians apart in our culture.
Americans are unhappy with K-12 education in the United States, and for good reason. Despite spending more on education than any other developed country in the world, American 15-year-olds rank 31st in math literacy and 23rd in science literacy. Unless we intend to become a third-world country, we need ideas. And fast.
The rich are getting richer. To many, this growing gap is a threat to our nation’s well-being. In December 2013, President Obama called rising income inequality “the defining challenge of our time” and suggested that the growing wealth of those at the top is what is preventing those at the bottom from improving their standard of living. Some assume that because the Bible condemns greed and commands that we help the poor, we ought to support government programs that redistribute wealth. But good public policy demands that we move beyond good intentions and face the facts about what does — and does not — help lower-income families succeed.
A biblical worldview approach to life and learning has never been more needed than in today’s pluralistic/postmodern culture. Christian students face hostility to their faith from one side, and apathy to anything of importance from the other side. Students re-entering American culture from the outside are particularly vulnerable, especially if they are unaware of the vast cultural changes that are waiting for them. Sadly, the casualties are high.
Ayn Rand was a prolific and very popular author. Her engaging philosophy has captured the minds of many students and professionals. To many readers’ imaginations, her novels — especially Atlas Shrugged and The Fountainhead — provide an inspiring vision of the world as it is and as it could be. Even after her death in 1982, her books continue to be read and admired by many. Our primary concern in this essay is her ethics.
Since the late 1960s, feminists have very successfully waged war against the traditional family, in which husbands are the principal breadwinners and wives are primarily homemakers. This [essay] examines feminism’s successful onslaught against the traditional family, considers the possible ramifications of that success, and defends a woman’s choice to be a homemaker.
“Beware lest any man take you captive through vain and deceitful philosophy, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.” — Colossians 2:8
The 20th century is the praxis of this verse. Western Civilization in general and the United States in particular have embarked on a hazardous journey of rejecting and replacing Christ with any number of mortal men and their ideas. Since ideas have consequences the 20th century has witnessed the consequences of these utopian schemes and ideas.
“Your earlier book says Christians are called to redeem entire cultures, not just individuals,” a schoolteacher commented, joining me for lunch at a conference where I had just spoken. Then he added thoughtfully, “I’d never heard that before.”
The teacher was talking about How Now Shall We Live? and at his words I looked up from my plate in surprise. Was he really saying he’d never even heard the idea of being a redemptive force in every area of culture? He shook his head: “No, I’ve always thought of salvation strictly in terms of individual souls.”