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Max Lucado, other prominent Evangelicals, blast John MacArthur for his biblical position on women preachers
But then again, so what? Will it matter for anyone other than the Sunday ushers whose collection baskets have suddenly gotten lighter?
Yes, actually. Religious and other civic organizations will atrophy — and not just from lack of funds. Faith and practice can’t persevere through our generation without attendance, and neither can the hope they tend to bring. And while that may not seem like a problem now, it will soon. We still want relationships and transcendence, to be part of something bigger than ourselves. Our drive for those things isn’t likely to wane, despite how ambivalent we might feel about ancient liturgies or interminable coffee hours or even pastors whose politics have taken a sharp turn MAGA-wards.
NICHOLAS KRISTOF: We’re Less and Less a Christian Nation, and I Blame Some Blowhards
NATIONAL REVIEW: Not Enemies, But Friends
An excellent response to the critics of Ellen DeGeneres for her friendship with George W. Bush
“Whether at Christian universities, evangelical nonprofits, or local churches, we’ve fallen head over heels for the entrepreneurial leader. We talk the talk of servant leadership but walk the walk of “Gentile rulers” who “lord it over” others (Mk. 10:42). We’re infatuated with men and women who can grow influence and finances. We want “movers and shakers” who can “make a difference.” We hire not for humility and service, but for boldness, innovation, and creativity. Big is beautiful.”
In 2019, Kanye West rose from the ashes of a career flameout by taking his faith on tour. But engaging with his self-styled salvation means forgetting what gospel music was created to do.