Tolerant Christians

September 22, 2015 ...

In today’s America tolerance is reckoned by many to be a high virtue; perhaps the highest virtue. And, some would label Christians as modern examples of intolerance. Although it seems that our critics’ claims of tolerance often don’t extend to those who take the Bible seriously and commit to following Jesus Christ. They forget that …

When Americans Become Christians

August 13, 2015 ...

Evangelicals believe that salvation is made possible through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ and the regeneration of the Holy Spirit. Each person is invited to accept God’s forgiveness, which is freely offered to all who believe. The majority of the respondents (63 percent) accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord while they were …

What People Look for in Churches

February 1, 2015 ...

Leith Anderson, president of the National Association of Evangelicals (NAE), said, “The question asks why people choose a church. The answer is that there is no one answer. People choose churches for very different reasons. There are even differences in the most common answers — friendliness, children’s programs and worship music come in wide varieties.” …

Soundtrack of Evangelicalism

December 21, 2014 ...

Every new Christian movement has its soundtrack. The Reformation had the hymns of Luther and Walter as well as the psalms of Marot and Bourgeois. The 18th-century Pietists had Zinzendorf’s songs and, as Pietism spread to the English-speaking world, the hymns of Charles Wesley. The 19th-century revivals had the gospel songs of Sankey and Bliss. …

The Popular English Translation

September 22, 2014 ...

It was at the NAE’s initiative that an exploratory committee was formed in 1957, and joined by the Christian Reformed Church in 1961, to research the possibility of preparing a new translation of the Bible. First published in 1978, the NIV was an entirely original translation produced by a committee of 15 scholars from diverse …

Do Evangelicals Like Being Called Evangelicals?

October 1, 2013 ...

“Leaders in the evangelical community are excited about their faith. Concern about how the label ‘evangelical’ is perceived by others and its influence on ministry opportunities does give some evangelical leaders pause,” said NAE President Leith Anderson. Even among those who said that they liked the evangelical label, there was a range of attitudes noted …

Taking Humor Seriously

September 22, 2013 ...

The last paragraph of G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy goes like this: “Joy, which was the small publicity of the pagan, is the gigantic secret of the Christian…The tremendous figure which fills the Gospels towers in this respect, as in every other, above all the thinkers who ever thought themselves tall. His pathos was natural, almost …

More Political Engagement Among Evangelicals

May 1, 2013 ...

While many acknowledged current frustrations, most evangelical leaders expect the level of political engagement among evangelicals to increase, according to the May Evangelical Leaders Survey. The poll asked, “What do you expect the level of political engagement among evangelicals will be in the next 10 years?” While 18 percent said political engagement among evangelicals will …

Billy Graham Inspires Evangelical Leaders

April 1, 2013 ...

“The evangelical resurgence in America has been centered around Billy Graham,” NAE President Leith Anderson said. “He communicated the gospel of Jesus Christ for everyone. Never about politics, ambition, money or power. Just about Jesus.” Many evangelical leaders, like Paul Cedar, offered heartfelt praise of Billy Graham when they responded to the Evangelical Leaders Survey. …