Today’s Influence Magazine Articles


Today at InfluenceMagazine.com: John Davidson interviews Patrick Grach for the Influence Podcast about how existing churches can multiply churches. Stephen Blandino turns to Paul’s Philippian letter for spiritual guidance for leading in the midst of chaos. Christina Quick cites Pew research about how Islam is projected to overtake Christianity as the world’s most populous religion in the latter half of the twenty-first century. Please make sure to follow and like Influence on Facebook, Twitter, and iTunes! Continue reading Today’s Influence Magazine Articles

Abraham Lincoln, American Christians, and the Public Square


Last June, the Pew Research Center released a report entitled, Political Polarization in the American Public. Its opening sentence was alarming: “Republicans and Democrats are more divided along ideological lines – and partisan antipathy is deeper and more extensive – than at any point in the last two decades.” Obviously, people will have principled differences about big ideas and public policies, but those principled differences seem to be negatively affecting personal relationships. “Not only do many of these polarized partisans gravitate toward like-minded people,” the report went on to note, “but a significant share express a fairly strong aversion to … Continue reading Abraham Lincoln, American Christians, and the Public Square

Review of ‘The Next America’ by Paul Taylor and the Pew Research Center


 Paul Taylor, The Next America: Boomers, Millennials, and the Looming Generational Showdown (New York: PublicAffairs, 2014). Hardcover / Kindle The Next America is not a book about how to contextualize the gospel in contemporary America. At least, that was not Paul Taylor’s intention in writing it. And yet, as I read his fascinating new study, I couldn’t help but notice its missiological significance. Drawing on reams of research by the Pew Research Center, which he serves as executive vice president, Taylor describes “the demographic, economic, social, cultural, and technological changes that are remaking not just our politics but our families, livelihoods, … Continue reading Review of ‘The Next America’ by Paul Taylor and the Pew Research Center