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“To be ignorant and simple now — not to be able to meet the enemies on their own ground — would be to throw down our weapons….Good philosophy must exist, if for no other reason, because bad philosophy needs to be answered.” —C. S. Lewis
Yes, Hank! With mounting attacks on life and truth, we cannot afford to be ignorant and throw down our weapons. Please use my gift this month to equip Christians of all walks with the knowledge and tools needed to faithfully and fruitfully stand for life and truth. And please send me the equipping resource I’ve selected below:
Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel
As the culture changes all around us, it is no longer possible to pretend that we are a Moral Majority. That may be bad news for America, but it can be good news for the church. What’s needed now, in shifting times, is neither a doubling-down on the status quo nor a pullback into isolation. Instead, we need a church that speaks to social and political issues with a bigger vision in mind: that of the gospel of Jesus Christ. As Christianity seems increasingly strange, and even subversive, to our culture, we have the opportunity to reclaim the freakishness of the gospel, which is what gives it its power in the first place.
The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
The Benedict Option is both manifesto and rallying cry for Christians who, if they are not to be conquered, must learn how to fight on culture war battlefields like none the West has seen for fifteen hundred years. It’s for all mere Christians—Protestant, Catholic, Orthodox—who can read the signs of the times. Neither false optimism nor fatalistic despair will do. Only faith, hope, and love, embodied in a renewed church, can sustain believers in the dark age that has overtaken us. These are the days for building strong arks for the long journey across a sea of night.