To Be or Not to Be an Evangelical

A friend wrote, “I no longer call myself an Evangelical.” Thoughtful, well informed but now I suspect feeling embarrassed, he has chosen to avoid a term used globally by hundreds of millions of Christians. For many within shouting distance of U.S. media circles and party politics, the word has become a banner of disrepute. Evangelical is now … Continue reading

Come before winter

After brief instructions from the Lutheran Archbishop Dietrich Brauer, we processed up the center aisle of the St. Peter-and-St. Paul Lutheran Cathedral in Moscow, launching the 500th Anniversary observance of the Protestant Reformation. Robed in gowns and hats of all colors and shapes, leaders of various Christian groups gathered in this important Moscow celebration: Lutherans, … Continue reading

National Prayer Breakfast

The congested lobby of the Washington Hilton emptied as a crowd of 3,800 from 140 countries filed into the massive hall, site of the 2018 National Prayer Breakfast (NPB). This annual global ritual, magnetic in its draw and epic in its influence, is one of a kind.             It began in 1953 when President Eisenhower … Continue reading

From Jerusalem to Timbuktu; A Global Tour of the Spread of Christianity

In a few weeks, InterVarsity Press will release From Jerusalem to Timbuktu; A Global Tour of the Spread of Christianity. Here is the introduction to the book. Also, I’ve included a link to IVP where it can be preordered. I’d be grateful if you would copy this to others of your FB friends or associates. … Continue reading

The Unexpected

Wes Janzen and I walked the empty Saturday morning streets of Kyiv, turned down Shevchenko Street and into the National Arts building, heading up to the fourth floor. The door opened and we stepped into a room of some 200 women. Most seemed older than my 75 years, but I learned most were younger. A … Continue reading