It’s a Trap! (The Freedom of Renewal)

We’ve all felt it before: the need to choose between the lesser of two evils. It happens in small ways, like choosing between two ways to spend an afternoon that we will find mildly uncomfortable, and in large ways, like being faced with an election in which you disagree with all the candidates that are…

The Power of the Light

The massacre in Las Vegas cries out to us about the sickness in our culture and social structures, begging anyone who will to offer healing. Those of us in the church hear this loud and clear. As members of the same culture and society, we feel the same need ourselves. Yet, we can feel so…

Trends in America 3: Disparity

In our last two posts, we have looked at the trends affecting people living in the United States. Our hope is that in reviewing these, we can more effectively reach out to Americans with the gospel because we are able to deal with the issue that are most affecting them. Two weeks ago, we saw…

Trends in America 2: Incivility

We are continuing our look at trends affecting people in the United States this week. Last week we saw that stress was reaching new heights for Americans, leading to more severe illnesses and higher mortality rates. This week we look at another issue that could likely be seen as a result of stress, but is…

Trends in America 1: Stress

Much of the data shared at church conferences focuses around how Americans are minimizing their relationship to the mainline denominations and are increasingly choosing to be unaffiliated religiously. This rightly deserves attention, however if we want to share the gospel effectively, this is not the data that we need to focus on most closely. People…