This is a 2014 book about the danger of Christian organizations drifting away from their stated purpose. It is written almost entirely about para-church organizations and has some application to local churches. It is written from an evangelical point of view so a conservative reader can not expect to see separation from that point of view. For example, Billy Graham, Harold Ockenga, and Andy Stanley are presented as leaders that have remained “mission true.” Typical also is the view that methodology and cultural relevance do not affect one’s core vision. The book is filled with stories and illustrations about groups that that remained true to their vision and groups that have not. In either case the stories are interesting: Harvard University, Anrew Carnegie, Young Life, Buck Knives, and more. At the end of each chapter is a list of principles that should be followed to remain true to one’s vision. These are good. There is also a chapter on governing boards and principles for those on various boards.
Natural DisastersAugust 31, 2017
A number of interesting natural and unnatural things have happened in the last few days. We have seen an amazing solar eclipse which happens only a couple times in most people’s life time. Some people go too far on one side making such an eclipse a biblical sign from God, and others go too far […]
Human Nature, America, and the ChurchApril 29, 2017
America and, therefore, the Christian church are experiencing an upheaval unique to the present age but unlike any phenomenon in recent history. Cultural watchers have described it as post-Christian, post-modern, post-morality, slouching toward Gomorrah, God is dead, and also with Biblical terminology such as the great apostasy, the one-world church, the harlot of Revelation, etc. […]
Corrupting Good MannersApril 1, 2016
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:33 I have written at least three previous times about manners1 as many have done who grew up in the turbulent ‘60s when the civilities of society were turned on their head. It was John Silber, past President of Boston University, who […]