As we watch some of the leadership catastrophes in Washington, D.C. – in the White House, Congress and Supreme Court – and in countless other places, it is evident that our leaders lack something crucial. And perhaps most of us lack it, too, since we helped put these "leaders" into office. How else do we explain the chaos of American foreign policy (Syria, Egypt, etc.), health care policy (Obamacare, etc.), and budgeting the public treasury (debt explosion, etc.)?
Consider this: last May, Pope Francis excommunicated a pro-gay marriage priest. Greg Reynolds of Melbourne, Australia had been advocating views on women clergy and gay marriage that clearly contradict Catholic doctrine. However, the pope's action is only now making news. Why? Perhaps because, as one commentator notes, "he's not the liberal the media wants."
It's a little book by a dead man from the last generation, and it just might be the road-map for the future of American Christianity. I'm referring to the late theologian Carl F. H. Henry's 1947 book "The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism." This slim little paperback's importance might not seem obvious in a digital whirling world of contemporary Christians, but the issues Henry raised over sixty years ago are more relevant than ever.
As many of you requested, and as I promised, I am utilizing this article to address possible ways to respond to power groups. My list is not exhaustive, but I do hope these seven suggestions are helpful.
In the very same strip mall I saw the sign for a restaurant called Tim's Place, with the tag line: "breakfast, lunch, and hugs." It just sounded familiar. And then it dawned on me—this was the restaurant I'd heard about before, the one owned by a 26-year-old man with Down syndrome—Tim Harris. You may have heard this story on CNN or seen it on YouTube.
Several large international corporations have begun advertising campaigns to promote the Common Core State Standards Initiative. This may help explain why so many Republican governors are also supporting Common Core. Critics worry that the Common Core is more concerned with creating good workers than creating good citizens.
Despite being chained between two Roman soldiers and facing the possibility of execution the next day, Peter was asleep. (He probably was the only Christian who slept that night.) In fact, it seems that Peter was in such a deep slumber that it took a whack from an angel to wake him up: "Suddenly, there was a bright light in the cell, and an angel of the Lord stood before Peter. The angel struck him on the side to awaken him and said, 'Quick! Get up!' And the chains fell off his wrists" (verse 7).
The writings of the Bible were completed about 2,000 years ago, but on Wednesday author, filmmaker and pastor Erwin McManus reminded church leaders who are trying to reach young people that the Bible will continue to be relevant into the future.