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Spring 2007: Other Significant Articles

Jack Hayford, “Waltzing With the World?” Ministry Today (July/Aug 2006), page 50. Pastor Jack Hayford says that cultural transformation is not about competition with the surrounding culture but penetration of that culture. “I may adopt a style to reach my culture. But it will be the Spirit, not my style, that will penetrate it.”


CT200610“What’s Next” Christianity Today (October 2006), pages 72-76, 78, 80, 82. In celebrating a venerable 50 years of publication, Evangelicalism’s flagship magazine asked 114 leaders from 11 different spheres of ministry what they see as priorities for the next 50 years. Here are those categories and the brief titles that were assigned to summarize them: Local Church: Fresh Basics. Youth: Church Reconnect. Missions: Whole Gospel. Theology: No Compromise. Culture: “The True, The Good.” Evangelism: Urgent Still. Higher Education: Uniquely Christian. Politics: Worried Optimism. International Justice: Long Road. Publishing/Broadcasting: New Media, Old Story. Relief and Development: Not What, But How.


Nate Kilgore, “An Unlikely Alliance: How an ‘average church’ overcame the fear of partnering with ‘big government.’” Ministry Today (Sept/Oct 2006), pages 72-76, 78, 80, 82.

Most churches have no idea what is available to them through faith-based initiatives. This is the story of how one youth ministry found out that the local representatives of government were pleased to sponsor an event that created a “drug-free and safe environment for students to do something productive” while bringing churches together and creating opportunities to freely share the story of Jesus.


CT200609Chris Armstrong, “Embrace Your Inner Pentecostal” Christianity Today (Sep 2006)

Professor Chris Armstrong says that the Pentecostal/charismatic movement continues to change Christianity worldwide: “Pentecostals and charismatics are around, and for all their human flaws and difficulties, they carry with them a precious heritage we would do well to receive.”


Matt Conner, “The Teaching Pool: In the age of do-it-yourself study, a group of maverick preachers is reinventing the task of sermon preparation” Ministry Today (July/Aug 2006), pages 36-38.

Recognizing that relationships are the key to learning, a diverse group of Indiana pastors are finding something enriching as they meet together to study. Started as a way to mentor young leaders who were being sent to plant churches, the founder says, “it wasn’t long until I found my own self changing as I was allowing myself to study in community with others.” Another participant says, “I’ve learned how to follow the Father, Son and Spirit in more practical ways by watching and catching the things we teach and model for one another.”


MT2006NovDecJon Rising, “School’s In: How open-source education may change the way you hit the books” Ministry Today (Nov/Dec 2006), pages 21-23.

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About the Author: The editors are Raul Mock, Mike Dies, Joe Joslin, and Jim Dettmann with significant input from other writers including John Lathrop, Amos Yong, Tony Richie, and Kevin Williams.

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