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PowerLinks 11.21.13

Church and State (Dept.): John Kerry Gets Religion Melissa Steffan, Christianity Today New adviser will (hopefully) make faith less foreign in foreign affairs. Not a “Prosperity Gospel” Greg Forster, Kern Pastors Network Churches should not only empower people to do their work well, but should help them to have a broader vision of economic flourishing and how communities can achieve it. Continue Reading...

Cities Need The Black Middle Class

While overall crime rates are falling, in major U.S. cities the untold story is that crime is now more concentrated among the underclass. For example, the New York Times ran a cover story of the concentration of crime in the city of St. Continue Reading...

Hating the Homeless in Hawaii

Hawaii is consistently ranked as one of the states where most Americans want to live. But for many residents, the island life is more nightmare than tropical dream. The high cost of living and lack of affordable housing contributes to Hawaii having one of the highest rates of homelessness in the country. Continue Reading...

Tom Oden’s Journey from Theological Liberalism to Biblical Christianity

In The Word of Life, Tom Oden declared, “My mission is to deliver as clearly as a I can that core of consensual belief concerning Jesus Christ that has been shared for two hundred decades – who he was, what he did, and what that means for us today.” The Word of Life, Oden’s second systematic theology volume, is a treasure for anybody who wants to know more about the fullness and power of Christ. Continue Reading...

Q&A: Brett McCracken on Consuming Culture Well

In his 2010 book, Hipster Christianity, Brett McCracken explored the dynamics of a particular cultural movement in (and against) modern evangelicalism. In his new book, Gray Matters: Navigating the Space Between Legalism and Liberty, he pulls the lens back, focusing on how the church more broadly ought to approach culture, particularly when it comes to consuming it. Continue Reading...
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