Operation Gravedigger (Guinness)

As many of our readers know, I (Shane) always enjoy reading Os Guinness.  One of his books that stands out for me is The Last Christian on Earth (the original 1983 title was The Gravedigger File).  This book is something like C.S. Lewis' The Screwtape Letters - only better in my opinion because it deals… Continue reading Operation Gravedigger (Guinness)

Masculinity and Family Values: The Cure to Society’s Ills?

I’m very skeptical about “Christian” patriarchy and the Family Integrated Church movement for biblical and (Reformed) theological reasons.  I’m also skeptical of these things for social (or sociological) reasons. I agree with many of the points made by the authors of Habits of the Heart: Individualism and Commitment in American Life.  Here’s an excerpt from… Continue reading Masculinity and Family Values: The Cure to Society’s Ills?

The Church’s Collapse Into Worldliness

Quite often a church’s quest for relevance ends up in unfaithfulness to Christ and his Word.  In Os Guinness’ terms, it is a “collapse into worldliness.”  The question is, how does this happen?  Guinness gives four steps of this downward spiral that starts with a desire for relevance and ends in unfaithfulness.  (Note: I’ve edited… Continue reading The Church’s Collapse Into Worldliness

Marketing, the Church, and Christ

This is a fascinating book: Brand Jesus: Christianity in a Consumerist Age by Tyler Stevenson.  If I remember correctly, one of our readers recommended it several months ago.  Anyway, I just finished it this morning.  I’m not going to give a full review here, but I do want to say that it is a worth-while… Continue reading Marketing, the Church, and Christ

The Idol of Relevance

Once again, I very much appreciate the work of Os Guinness – this time in his 2003 work, Prophetic Untimeliness: A Challenge to The Idol of Relevance.  One of Guinness’ major themes of this short book is the following provocative phrase: “Never have Christians pursued relevance more strenuously; never have Christians been more irrelevant” (p.… Continue reading The Idol of Relevance