The future is coming faster than ever, with the tectonic plates of society, church, culture, technology, economy and environment shifting beneath us. If you want to keep up with any of it, and get new footing, you have to be fast.
But here’s the thing: the Church often isn’t. It has gained a reputation for reacting, copying and generally riding the second wave of original movements reverberating through culture. It’s time to turn that around.
Unthinkable, Radical, Acceptable, Sensible, Popular, Policy. When the window moves or expands, ideas can accordingly become more or less politically acceptable.
There is a fix for the brain-altering effects of pornography. Today 12% of websites are pornographic, and 40 million Americans are regular visitors—including 70% of 18- to 34-year-olds, who look at porn at least once a month… Fully 94% of therapists in another survey reported seeing an increase in people addicted to porn.
One of the first steps to overcoming a controlling habit is an understanding what it is and the hold it has over you.
Authentic freedom is about fulfilling responsibilities, being free to do good, serving our neighbors in authentic love, and bearing witness to the truth.
Being a “radical,” “missional,” Christian is slowly becoming the “new legalism.” A few decades ago, an entire generation of Baby Boomers walked away from traditional churches to escape the legalistic moralism of “being good” but what their Millennial children received in exchange, in an individualistic American Christian culture, was shamed-driven pressure to be awesome and extraordinary young adults expected to tangibly make a difference in the world immediately. But this cycle of reaction and counter-reaction inaugurated by the Baby Boomers does not seem to be producing faithful youth adults. Instead, many are simply burning out.
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