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We talk a lot about our faith and our walk as followers of Jesus, and how the Church in our generation is changing to meet the needs of the times but also shifting into some new and interesting trends.  Pollster George Barna says that the changing role of Christianity finds that 40 percent of Americans can’t name an American leader they consider to be an influential Christian. And he found that millennials or young adults are linking their vocation to their faith, and four-fifths of them admit that they have no idea how the Bible applies to their lives, their jobs or their professional interests.

Meanwhile we’re still seeing a “do more, try harder” version of Christianity in the culture wars on the Right, and the social justice calls to action on the Left. But both Conservative and Liberal Christians seem involved in those activities more than they are presenting a clear proclamation of Christ. In his book, Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church, Michael Horton says overall, our focus still seems to be on us and our activity rather than on God and his work in Jesus Christ. In all of these approaches, there is the tendency to make God a supporting character in our own life movie rather than to be rewritten as new characters in God’s drama of redemption.

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