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Fall 2008

Current Theme

Proclaiming Truth In A Secular Age

In our post-Christian society — or as some have called it, an anti-Christian society — people are asking “Is there such a thing as truth?” Relativism has taken such a hold on our society that many people believe there is no such thing as absolute truth. As a pastor, how do you respond to the attacks and beliefs that are so prevalent in today’s society? How do you prepare your people to answer today’s skeptics?

There are relevant, intellectual, and practical ways to address today’s issues concerning truth. To help you proclaim truth in this anti-Christian society, the next issue of Enrichment will provide apologetic articles from Mike Beal, Paul Copan, Richard L. Dresselhaus, Graham Johnston, David Kinnaman, James Emery White, and Ravi Zacharias.

 

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Theme Articles

Defending Christianity in a Secular Culture

INTERVIEW WITH RAVI ZACHARIAS

Why is the Judeo-Christian worldview being attacked? Why has it become the pariah stepchild of worldviews while other worldviews are respected and reverenced?

Regaining a Christian Worldview in the Church

JAMES EMERY WHITE

Have Christians retreated into personal piety and good works and offered mere feelings and philanthropy rather than hard thinking applied to the issues of the day?

Following a Unique Christ in a Pluralistic Society

PAUL COPAN

How can pastors and Christian leaders encourage those entrusted to their care to handle the pluralistic challenges of our day?

Pentecostal Ministry in a Relativistic Culture

MICHAEL J. BEALS

The challenges of relativism for faithful ministry are not new. Active churches that are alive in the Spirit provide a vibrant, stable refuge for those longing for a firm and enduring foundation.

Overcoming unChristian Branding

DAVID KINNAMAN

On its current collision course, the cold war between Christians and outsiders is likely to deepen unless Christians take a serious look at their reflection.

Telling the Story for 21st-century Listeners

GRAHAM JOHNSTON

How to make ancient history become undeniably good news.

Speaking the Truth in Love: The Role of Apologetics in Pastoral Ministry

GEORGE P. WOOD

If the church does not offer a convincing response to skeptical arguments, who will?

Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Comparison of the Person, Teachings, and Works of the Jesus in the Canonical and Noncanonical Gospels

W.E. NUNNALLY

Does the evidence support the popular claims that Jesus is merely a good man but not the divine Son of God portrayed in the Gospels? Those who are seeking truth have nothing to fear from the evidence.

The Bible — Can We Trust It? Moving Past the Translation Controversy and Defending the Bible in an Ever-increasing Secular Society

RICHARD L. DRESSELHAUS

Why we must move past the translation controversy and defend the Bible in an ever-increasing secular society.

The Secret: Uncovering the Truth About an Old Lie

ROB STARNER

A careful comparison of The Secret’s contents reveals that what its readers see is not what they get. And what readers get is not a newly discovered truth, but a repackaged, long-standing lie.

 

From the General Superintendent

One Size Church Does Not Fit All

George O. Wood

We do not need to concern ourselves with pastors and churches that do things differently from a past generation if people are being saved, baptized in the Spirit, and becoming fruitful disciples of Jesus.

 

Editorial

MINISTRY MATTERS

Proclaiming Truth

GARY R. ALLEN

IN CLOSING

Proclaiming Truth Today

RICHARD L. SCHOONOVER

 

Column Articles

THEOLOGICAL ENRICHMENT

Does the Bible Teach Eternal Security?

BY W.E. NUNNALLY

THE GREATEST CHALLENGES OF PASTORAL CARE

Helping People Who Struggle With Addictions

BY LARRY E. HAZELBAKER

MINISTRY AND MEDICAL ETHICS

Neuroethics: Moral Implications of Meddling with the Mind

Christina M.H. Powell

Q&A For The Pastor’s Wife

I Disagree With My Husband

Gabriele RIENAS

ORIGINAL WISDOM

George Floyd Taylor (1881–1934)

“Understanding the Spirit’s Work and Witness”

BY DOUGLAS JACOBSEN

MANAGING YOUR MINISTRY

Organizational Development and the Church

Part Four: Change Leadership in the Church

BY JOHN MICHAEL DE MARCO

REAL LIFE PREACHING

Why Our Preaching Doesn’t Matter to the Church

BY JONATHAN MARTIN

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