I am a failure. Bear with me for a second. I’m talking about a failure when it comes to relating with many of my fellow human beings. People of all types who are different from me. This idea began ruminating in my heart a few years ago, but the controversy and commentary surrounding the Trayvon […]Read more "The Silent Treatment: The Injustice of Minding My Own Business"
This is Part 6 of 6. For those who have made it this far (all two of you), thanks and enjoy. Perhaps the most powerful and illuminating illustration of Carl F.H. Henry’s political philosophy comes from the New Testament itself; the letter to Philemon. In it, Paul writes to the well-off Christian leader Philemon concerning […]Read more "Social Engagement Before It Was Cool: The Life and Times of Carl F. H. Henry (Part 6)"
The chorus of an old gospel favorite (Allison Krauss does it best) goes like this, “I’ll fly away to glory, I’ll fly away. To a home on God’s celestial shore. I’ll fly away.” Sorry, now it will be stuck in your head all day, but bear with me. That’s all well and good. Of course […]Read more "Fly Away To Glory? A Plea For A More Grounded (Literally) Hereafter"
In order to enact these principles, Carl Henry sought for much of his career to build a unified public face for evangelicism for social action and public engagement. In fact, the self-description of Christianity Today at its’ founding in 1956 was as, “transdenominational literature speaking in a clear voice on behalf of evangelical Christianity.” This is no […]Read more "Social Engagement Before It Was Cool: The Life and Times of Carl F. H. Henry (Part 4)"
This is Part 3 of 6 dealing with Carl Henry’s model for appropriate Christian engagement with political issues. Last time we discussed and determined that for Henry Christians are to be “new women” and “new men” in society because of redemption in Christ and life in the Spirit. The question then is how is the […]Read more "Social Engagement Before It Was Cool: The Life and Times of Carl F. H. Henry (Part 3)"
This is part 2 of 6 on a look at Carl Henry’s model for evangelical engagement with secular society, one in which I think we urgently need to reconsider. Through 20th Century’s second half, Carl Henry echoed a consistent clarion call for a revival of justice seeking among conservative Christians, urging them to reach out […]Read more "Social Engagement Before It was Cool: The Life and Times of Carl F. H. Henry (Part 2)"
Faith is never far from the American political consciousness. According to an ABC poll, fully three-fourths of the public identify themselves as Christian, with a little over one-third of this number claiming the title evangelical. It is thus impossible for the American people to filter through policy questions and political quagmires without considering spiritual ramifications […]Read more "Social Engagement Before It Was Cool: The Life and Times of Carl F. H. Henry (Part 1)"