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Michael Craven Christian Blog and Commentary Archives

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S. Michael Craven is the President of H.I.S. BridgeBuilders and the author of Uncompromised Faith: Overcoming Our Culturalized Christianity (Navpress, 2009). H.I.S. BridgeBuilders is an urban missionary ministry that works to bring the redemptive power of God’s kingdom to bear upon the poverty-ravaged areas of our city, restoring people, families, and communities through spiritual, educational and economic development to the glory of God. To learn more, visit: www.hisbridgebuilders.org
Restoring the Social Good & Moral Potential of Business

Without the essential theological and intellectual foundations, business as mission often ends up being nothing more than business as usual but with Christian platitudes tacked on.

For My Mother

For those mothers who are discouraged by the spiritual state of their children, take heart; I bear witness to the fact that the Lord can and does respond to the prayers of a grieving mother!

The Glorious Power of the Resurrection

As we begin this Holy Week there is no other issue, no other thought more demanding of our attention than that of the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Bad News for Planned Parenthood, Good News for Parents

I imagine the folks over at Planned Parenthood are desperately trying to figure how they can best spin the latest results from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), released last month.

Democracy and the Role of the U.S. in the Middle East

For many Westerners, the hope of peace between the Middle East and the West rests in the spread of democracy. However, is our foreign policy driven by a naiveté that incorrectly identifies with the “revolutionaries” as kindred spirits?

Consumers or Creators: Being of the World or Being God’s People

American Christians generally flow in one of two cultural directions: they either tend toward being consumers or being creators. Which is more in line with God's design?

Empowered to Act: Why Christians Should Change the World

As a result of the overwhelming suffering, injustice, and evil that frequently seems to rule the day, many of us may feel overwhelmed by a sense of despair and may think that improving these conditions is not only futile but also pointless. However...

Being For People and the World Rather than Against

Too often, our attitude toward the surrounding culture and those who make it up is judgmental and condemning. We thoughtlessly criticize anything that isn’t distinctly Christian. We vilify and ridicule the representatives of “godless culture” and rather than engage with and love the lost, we take offense and withdraw into our Christian enclaves. This is devastating to the church and it's mission.

What Does the Christian Do?

If “all the Law” hangs on loving God and loving others, then to love God is to obey him and to obey him is to love others. But what does it really mean to love others? Should you walk down the street hugging everyone you meet saying, “I love you”? Should loving others be accompanied by feelings of affection? Are these feelings essential to loving others and if absent does this mean you’re not being loving?

Modern Discipleship: Preparing for Evacuation Rather Than Occupation

Biblical discipleship is either absent or woefully inadequate to producing any tangible fruit, much less real freedom in Christ. Thus too many within the body are mired in sin management rather than freedom from it.

With Thanksgiving ... Despite Other Stuff

There is a sadness that reminds me what my sin has done to God's good creation. It is during such a season that I am compelled to look beyond this world to Christ alone for my hope and comfort.

The Christian Conquest of Pagan Rome

This is the conclusion to my series, "Changing Culture: A Study in Cultural Engagement." Here, we come to our third and final example of cultural engagement: the early Christian church and its triumph over the pagan culture of Rome.

Changing Culture: A Study in Cultural Engagement - Part 3

The legalization of abortion did not emerge out of a vacuum nor did it appear as a sudden and unexpected contrast to established values. Roe v. Wade was the inevitable consequence of incremental cultural changes that began with the Enlightenment.

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