The New Apologetic

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Last week at Sonoma State University (CA) three “apologetics” converged like streams to a river: 1.    The Free Thinkers group pressed me with questions such as “Are miracles rational?” and “Why does God never heal an amputee?” They wanted evidence, even proof, of God—“classic” apologetics. 2.    The InterVarsity group provided me with a different kind of proof of God’s presence: …

Toast in the chapel

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Get this: One day I show up for chapel in the gorgeous theater at North Central University* to hang with my son, Ryan, who studies music at the school. “Who’s leading worship today, buddy boy?” I ask. “One Accord.” “They any good?” He just grins at his senile father. Five minutes later OA begins playing in front of 600 peers …

A Titanic Change

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In his excellent book, Emerging Hope, Jimmy Long reminds us that the young generations in America represent a shift from Enlightenment modernism to postmodernism. In Long’s view (and mine), this is a change of titanic proportions. It means, among other things, that “Those who think that in due time [young people] will ‘grow up’ and look like everyone else should …

Radical Divergence

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If you’re 45 years of age and up (like me), I have news for you: The younger generation of evangelicals is not going to learn our ways and grow into maturity to look like us. They’re never going to get it, as we define “it.” They’re not going to take over our (white) churches like sons and daughters assuming the …