len on February 17th, 2018

Michael Krause writes in the Foreword — In response to my efforts to engage seminary students with the concept of a world beyond Christendom, I see everything from knowing nods to blank stares. Some of the students have experienced the disorientation of the Postmodern context while others think that post-Christendom is just about people not […]

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len on February 14th, 2018

Chris Erdman opines, “Christendom afforded the church and its pastors many advantages, but those advantages … blinded the church to the many ways the Word of God became compromised to causes subversive and many times antithetical to the reign of God.” Of course this isn’t a new thought to you if you are familiar with […]

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len on September 16th, 2017

“Attention is a strange thing. It’s often thought that the way to retain power or influence is to hold onto people’s attention—to keep it active, front and center. That’s how iPhone rose to prominence, after all: by ripping a hole in popular understanding of mobile telephony and introducing a totally new paradigm. “But over time, […]

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len on November 15th, 2016

“The Jacobsians sought fresh methods of making cities work — from the grassroots and the bottom up. The subaltern was exalted, the master laid low. Drafting tables were tossed for pickets and surveys and spreadsheets. Planners sought new alliances in academe, beyond architecture and design — in political science, law, economics, sociology. But there were […]

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len on June 19th, 2016

Jacques Ellul saw technique as ‘the totality of methods rationally arrived at and having absolute efficiency (for a given stage of development) in every field of human activity.’* So what is our stance: embrace, or avoid? One article concludes, “Neither of these two options — wholeheartedly embracing the technological imperative or shunning it with anti-civilizational […]

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len on May 16th, 2016

Love this statement by Tim Keel — “people call and they want our doctrinal statement and I refuse to give one out. You know why? Because it is shorthand. It says, Oh, that’s the kind of community you are. And people in our culture today shop church. In other words, we’re so concerned with orthodoxy […]

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len on February 20th, 2016

Christians have always had a good word for human flourishing: shalom. It’s a word that comes out of an old story, and so its meaning is carefully scripted. We can tell others what it means because of what God has been doing and what he has promised to do. Memory is an important piece here. […]

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len on December 1st, 2015

“Louis Halle, and American diplomat and strategist of the 1950’s, once observed that foreign policy is made not in reaction to the world but in reaction to an image of the world in the minds of the people making decisions. ‘In the degree that the image is false, actually and philosophically, no technician, however proficient, […]

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len on November 20th, 2015

A short article on the story behind Thomas Nelson’s new text. “The book itself is a neat and tidy collection of 51 chapters by 46 contributors, including Rose Dowsett (who was a member of the Lausanne Theology Working Group), in the very relevant chapter ‘The Challenge of Evangelical Diversity’. “Dowsett writes: ‘How inclusive, and how […]

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len on November 5th, 2015

Scot writes, “This is about the ontology of Westerners squaring up to the ontology of the church, and church people and leaders squaring up to what we are facing. First, Western culture increasingly believes the fundamental problems of life are systemic and social, and are to be resolved through social progress and most especially through […]

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