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Michael Craven Christian Blog and Commentary Archives

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S. Michael Craven is the President of Battle For Truth and the author of Uncompromised Faith: Overcoming Our Culturalized Christianity (Navpress, 2009). Battle For Truth is dedicated to equipping Christians with a serious theological understanding of life and reality. For more information on Battle for Truth and the teaching ministry of S. Michael Craven, visit: www.battlefortruth.org
Have Christians Assumed a 'Slacktivist' Approach to Their Faith?

Slacktivism, a term coined in the mid-1990s, refers to the increasingly popular phenomenon of casual activism.

A Father's Struggle with Sending a Son to War

This past week, I sent my 20-year-old son to war. As a father, how do I reconcile teaching my son to serve others when doing so is dangerous?

Obamacare and the Catholic Church: It Isn't about Birth Control!

This government’s recent volley across the bow of religious freedom is nothing less than a direct assault on individual freedom of conscience.

Reevangelizing the Church: What is the Gospel?

Now that we are standing at the crossroads of the church's departure from the truth, we can look to the ancient paths: the Scriptures.

Opiate of the Masses?

Opponents of religion think that religious faith persists by means of a stubborn, unenlightened, and uneducated lower class. But what do recent studies show?

$pending This Christmas or Spending It Well

The Christmas season is upon us and with it overwhelming encouragement to spend what we have not earned to buy what we cannot afford.

Thanksgiving: A National Tradition

As we approach this national day of thanksgiving, I thought it necessary to reflect upon our nation’s long history of giving thanks to Almighty God.

  • S. Michael Craven |
  • November 21, 2011 |
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Thinking Christianly About Economics

Your immediate response may be, “What does Christianity have to do with economics?” In response, I would say: Everything.

The Church in Post-Christendom (Part 3): Recovering the Mission of the Church

If the ecclesiocentric view of the church’s mission tends to focus on the building and maintenance of the institutional church (a place of like-minded believers), then a proper theocentric view will focus the organic church (a people who believe and obey) on the mission of God or missio Dei.

  • Michael Craven |
  • September 21, 2011 |
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The Church in Post-Christendom (Part 2): Understanding the 'Good News'

What exactly is the church’s mission? In order to answer this question, we must first accurately define the gospel.

  • Michael Craven |
  • September 12, 2011 |
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The Church in a Post-Christian Culture

In times past, the church occupied a central and influential place in society. But what does the new, post-Christian cultural condition mean for the church and its mission?

  • Michael Craven |
  • September 06, 2011 |
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The Church's Moment in the Unraveling of the West

I do not think it too strong or sensational to say that we are witnessing the collapse of Western civilization. Across the Western world, the fruits of apostasy and secularism are manifesting themselves in overwhelmingly destructive ways. In essence, we in the West are reaping precisely what we have sown. Mankind cannot construct a world devoid of subservience to God and hope to prosper.

What Happened to Making Disciples?

Throughout the first decade of the new millennium, multiple studies—revealing a crisis among youth in the church—seemed to appear almost every year and now in 2011, the research still shows no improvement. It is astonishing to note that despite the continued evidence demonstrating the American church’s failure to adequately and holistically disciple the faithful into maturity; the leadership in so many of our churches continue to do the same thing

Why Should We Redeem Society?

It seems necessary to address why and even if Christians should be involved in redeeming society and culture. There are many who deride such activity as being a diversion from the “real” work of the church, which in their minds is nothing more than articulating the personal plan of salvation (or “gospel,” very narrowly understood).

Being the Church When Empires Fall (Part 2 of 2)

A pressing concern for us today is that unlike our first and second-century brothers and sisters, we all-too-often appear similar to the surrounding culture. This is especially true among the forthcoming generation. As Christianity Today reported more than seven years ago, “Specific studies of sexual trends among Christian teens have been limited, but all indications are that, on average, there is little difference between their sexual behavior and that of non-Christian youths.”

The Fall of Empires

The famous historian, Arnold J. Toynbee points out that civilizations sank owing to either nationalism, militarism or the tyranny of a despotic minority. It seems we are "sinking" as a “despotic minority” redefines human biology and the natural family in its quest to validate homosexual behavior through "marriage."

Fathers: Key to Their Children's Faith

Children are not looking for financial provision; they are looking for love, guidance, and a role model.

The Myth of Over-Population

One of the most persistent and pervasive myths that have shaped the thinking of many people and, subsequently, public policy is the myth that the world’s population is spiraling out of control and that it will ultimately lead to catastrophic shortages of the essential resources necessary to sustain life.

Memorial Day Remembrance

It is astounding to consider that the most powerful military force in the history of the world is comprised entirely of volunteers! These are men and women who have, by their own free choice, set aside their personal freedom and dedicated themselves to serving a higher purpose: justice and liberty. It is this attitude of self-sacrifice for the greater good (or “other-centeredness”) that is absolutely essential to the strength and longevity of any society.

Disconnected from Your Calling

When we speak of calling, most people think of some loftier spiritual work rather than business, construction, or retail. Under this paradigm, the essential activity that consumes 98 percent of Christians’ time and energy is viewed as being of little or no spiritual value.

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