Whittaker Chambers was a deeply-embedded spy with the American Communist Party during the 1930s. After converting to Christianity, he left the Party, and, when he did, he wrote: “I know that I am leaving the winning side for the losing side, but it is better to die on the losing side than to live under Communism." So, what ought an evangelical to do when, by all appearances, we are on "the losing side" (at least in 2016)?
Drill into the bedrock that undergirds the Wilberforce Academy and you will discover one several fundamental propositions, among them this: Culture is the main force that drives human affairs, in particular the affairs of nations. To make the point negatively (while also setting myself apart from the large majority of scholars), politics and/or economics are not the main driving forces in human affairs.
International student ministry beckoned me 30 years ago: Help international students discover Jesus and why He deserves their devotion. I had no idea that I would re-discover my own country---America---by seeing it through their eyes.
The remarkable Christian historian Philip Jenkins, a distinguished professor at Baylor University, ends his latest book The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade (2014) by suggesting that culture seems to change in jerky movements: sudden changes followed by long periods of stability. He suggests that this is somewhat akin to the punctuated equilibrium that the late Harvard paleontologist Stephen Jay Gould claimed to find in the fossil record: long periods of slow evolution, followed by sudden explosions of species.