1. Does Diversity Even Matter?

    Does Diversity Even Matter?

    Posted on December 16th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    “If I could do it over again, I would pursue a racially diverse church even if it meant Willow Creek became only half the size it is today.” I heard Bill Hybels make that statement at a breakfast I shared with him back in 2006. And it’s quite a statement considering that Hybels has been a pioneer of the modern megachurch movement, practically inventing the “seeker service.” Hybels built Willow Creek, a congregation that has exceeded 25,000 weekend attenders, on the “homogeneity principle,” the idea that you can reach more people if you package your “product” (Continue reading…)

  2. Thank You for Giving to Radical

    Posted on December 9th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    Thank you for your support. When you purchase items in our  Store  or  make a donation  to our ministry, Radical is able to serve the body of Christ in many different ways.  Here are a few of the ways your support has been used and how people have benefited, specifically when it comes to  Secret Church . Secret Church Gatherings:  With your help we facilitated our fourteenth  Secret Church  gathering this past year, which was simulcast to 60,000 people from 80 countries. We developed a new  Small Group Discussion Guide  to accompany Secret Church 14. We’ve continued to make Secret Church resources available in our  Resource Library  free of charge. “I’m from Colombia, (Continue reading…)

  3. This is Racism Too

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    This is Racism Too

    Posted on December 2nd, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    When I think of racism, I think of hate. Slavery. Jim Crow. Genocide. These things reek of hate, and they clearly fall under the category of racism. I don’t always think of less extreme situations in which someone is made to feel out of place or objectified because of their skin color. Careless words. Immature stereotype jokes. Ignorant assumptions. Not necessarily hate, but just as much racist. To flesh this out, read the below story from Helen Lee in Christianity Today, “My Son’s First Brush with Racism” : As the mom of a tween-aged son, I can never predict what words (Continue reading…)

  4. Ferguson and the Path to Peace, by Russell Moore

    Ferguson and the Path to Peace, by Russell Moore

    Posted on November 25th, 2014 by Secret Church

    The mood in Ferguson, Missouri, is tense, after a grand jury decided against indicting a police officer for the killing of unarmed African-American teenager Michael Brown. The tension ought to remind us, as the church, that we are living in a time in which racial division is hardly behind us. That reality ought to motivate us as citizens to work for justice, but also as the church to seek to embody the kingdom of Christ. We haven’t as of yet sorted through all the evidence the grand jury saw and we don’t know precisely what (Continue reading…)

  5. David Platt’s Prayer For Nominal Christians Everywhere

    Posted on November 21st, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    The original video was published at .

  6. Practical Ways to Refresh a Missionary on Furlough

    Posted on November 13th, 2014 by David B.

    Jason Carter has an excellent article over at TGC (as a guest blogger for Kevin DeYoung) in which he gives twenty suggestions for how Christians can refresh the hearts of cross-cultural missionaries who are back ‘home’ on furlough. These suggestions might not seem super-spiritual (to use an unfortunate term), but they are very tangible ways to be involved in the work of reaching the nations right from your own neighborhood. Here’s a few practical steps to encourage these men and women (and their kids) who are supposed to be resting, but who often find their time stateside (Continue reading…)

  7. Addressing Cultural Decline in Your Pastoral Prayer

    Addressing Cultural Decline in Your Pastoral Prayer

    Posted on November 11th, 2014 by David B.

    For pastors, addressing the complex cultural issues of our day is undoubtedly intimidating. Where do you even start? Yes, the pulpit is the primary place to begin, but have you also considered the role your pastoral prayer might have in leading your congregation? In this brief excerpt from 9Marks , Jonathan Leeman talks to Mark Dever about addressing various cultural (and denominational) issues, particularly in light of the bad news that seems to come out regularly: LEEMAN: How does this talk of denominational decline—and let me broaden it flatly—how does this talk of cultural decline, where (Continue reading…)

  8. David Platt on Engaging Cultural Issues

    Posted on November 3rd, 2014 by David B.

    In this sermon from Southern Seminary’s chapel, David Platt talks about why Christians are compelled to address social issues – and not just the trendy ones – from the standpoint of the gospel and the authority of God’s Word. Secret Church 15 will attempt to lay a biblical foundation for why and how we address a number of these pressing cultural issues. To register for the simulcast on Friday, April 24, 2015, go here .

  9. Susan's Story

    Susan’s Story

    Posted on October 27th, 2014 by Jonathan L.

    We don’t normally think of persecution occurring in countries like Uganda, but it does. Susan’s story should remind us that each day, Christians all over the world face intense opposition–in the obviously brutal North Koreas and the deceptively “Christian” Ugandas. Whatever the context, unlike Susan, most of their stories go untold. This should compel us to pray. For this reason, let me encourage you to participate in the International Day of Prayer for the persecuted church through a free and interactive webcast hosted by Open Doors on November 1st and 2nd. The first night allows for interaction (Continue reading…)

  10. We’re excited to announce that  Early Registration  for Secret Church 15 is now open! Simply go  here  to register for SC15 as a church, as a small group, or as an individual. The last day to get early registration pricing is January 25th. For those who have participated in Secret Church in the past, please note that this year’s gathering will not take place on Good Friday. Instead, the date for this upcoming gathering is Friday, April 24, 2015. Beat the end-of-year busyness by registering now. David Platt will be speaking on “Christ, Culture, and a Call to Action.” In case (Continue reading…)