Category Archives: American Evangelicalism

What Can Be Done to Seek Unity Between Catholics and Evangelicals?

It is no secret that I am an evangelical Protestant. (I do not think the word “evangelical” makes for a good noun thus I use it here intentionally as an adjective.) I was originally ordained in an evangelical Protestant context (Southern … Continue reading

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God’s Plan of Salvation Is One

The cornerstone of the Christian faith is expressed in the Shema. In Hebrew the text of the Shema is only six words, but in English it reads: “Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.” The Shema … Continue reading

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Bible Reading or Bible Engaging?

My own tradition puts a lot of emphasis upon reading the Bible, even reading it each day as a part of morning devotional practice. I heard about Bible reading from as far back as I can remember. I also read … Continue reading

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The Cross of Christ & the Love of God – What Saves Us?

I am currently writing a book on love, both God’s love and our love. In writing the first half of my book I have sought to deal with the cross. I do not know how you can talk about God’s … Continue reading

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Dialogue vs. Dogma?

The word dialogue is very important to me, and my view of truth, at least in terms of the way Christians live with one another, and with non-Christians, in the modern age. What do I mean by dialogue? Could it … Continue reading

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In Search of Deep Faith

I had the joy of meeting Dr. Jim Belcher some years ago when he pastored Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Newport Beach, California. I cultivated a growing relationship with Jim, and his family, and spoke several times to his congregation. I … Continue reading

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“Unmarried Young Adults Not Celebrated Here”

When millennials come to embrace the Christian faith they are faced with a major problem when it comes to becoming connected with the life of most congregations. I have witnessed this again and again and saw it plainly during my … Continue reading

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Where Is the Millennial Generation in the Decline of the Church? (2)

Some sociological studies say that millennials are selfish, greedy, and narcissistic. My optimism for this generation does not go unchallenged, especially by those in the Gen-X generation. (This includes those born after the baby boom, which ended in 1964, and before the … Continue reading

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Where Is the Millennial Generation in the Decline of the Church? (1)

I’ve written this week about church decline in America. The numbers are obvious, the reasons are less so. What pastors and leaders are doing about this varies and the hope for real change is not clear yet. But what about … Continue reading

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How Big is the Drop-Out Rate in the American Church

Numbers are somewhat easy to crunch and study. But when this comes to the church they can be very deceiving. On the one hand some numbers say that a church is not in serious decline yet when spiritual vitality and … Continue reading

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