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2009 Conversations


Sara Groves
12.21.08

Keith and Kristyn Getty
12.14.08

Jesse Miranda
11.30.08

Heather Bland
11.23.08

Cathleen Lewis
11.16.08

Robert Leathers
11.9.08

Ravi Zacharias
10.26.08

Scotty Gibbons
10.19.08

George O. Wood
9.28.08

George O. Wood
9.21.08

G. Robert Cook Jr.
9.14.08

Michelle LaRowe Conover
8.31.08

Janet Boynes
8.24.08

Kirk Cameron
8.17.08

Laura Wilkinson
8.10.08

Melody Rossi
7.27.08

Randy Travis
7.20.08

Maylo Upton-Aames
7.13.08

Chuck Norris
6.29.08

Francis Xavier 'Chip' Flaherty Jr.
6.22.08

Ben Carson
6.15.08

Robert H. Spence
6.8.08

Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Schloesser
5.25.08

R. Albert Mohler Jr.
5.18.08

James K. Bridges
5.11.08

Manny Mill
4.27.08

Brock Gill
4.20.08

Robert Burt
4.13.08

Gerry Hindy
3.30.08

J.I. Packer
3.23.08

Stanley Horton
3.16.08

Linda Mintle
3.9.08

Joanna Weaver
2.24.08

Buck Taylor
2.17.08

Debra Risner
2.10.08

Bill Glass
1.27.08

Edward Gilbreath
1.20.08

Rob Seagears and Andy Casper
1.13.08


2007 Conversations


2006 Conversations


Conversation: R. Albert Mohler Jr.

America’s culture shift

R. Albert Mohler Jr. is the host of a daily Christian radio program and the author of a daily Internet commentary on moral, cultural and theological issues. His new book is Culture Shift: Engaging Current Issues with Timeless Truth. Mohler, 48, recently spoke with TPE News Editor John W. Kennedy.

tpe: What do you see as some of the major signs of a coming moral collapse in this country?

MOHLER: The biggest sign is the absence of a shared moral language. Americans find it difficult to even talk to one another on some of the most significant moral issues before us because we’re operating from different starting points. Whereas Christians begin with an understanding that we are accountable to a Creator, many others start from a viewpoint of simple personal autonomy.

tpe: Are most Christians unaware of the culture shifts you describe in the book?

MOHLER: Most evangelicals know something big has changed in the culture, but putting their finger on it may be difficult for some people. As they look at the headlines, watch the news and listen to their kids come home from school, they are hearing something that sounds very alien, troubling and confusing.

Evangelical Christians are busy doing what Christians are supposed to do: We are involved in our marriages, raising our children, ministering in the name of Christ, building our churches. But we also have to step back, take a look at the culture, understand the signs of the times and be ready to minister responsibly.

tpe: Is it too late for Christians to wield influence?

MOHLER: It’s never too late for Christians to wield influence. Christians sometimes are the last people standing because of our concern for people and commitment to the gospel. Our responsibility is to minister in season and out of season regardless of the cultural context.

tpe: You point out how Christians have become marginalized. Why is there such an effort to eradicate the Christian viewpoint from the marketplace of ideas?

MOHLER: It’s not a conspiracy, but an open effort on the part of those who genuinely believe a secularized culture is the only way to preserve liberty. They see the gospel and the Christian church as a threat to that personal autonomy.

tpe: How can Christians overcome a media image of being angry fanatics?

MOHLER: We can’t always have a great deal of influence over how we’re presented. The best thing we can do is to be caught doing what is Christ-honoring. If the media catches us doing what Christ would have us do, then there are significant limits to how embarrassed we can be.

tpe: You say in your book that the time has come for Christians to develop an exit strategy from public schools. What do you mean?

MOHLER: I do not mean that all Christian parents should remove their children from public schools right now. But the trajectory of public schools is in the hands of those who largely do not share our values. More directives are coming from federal authorities, with ideological influences that many Christian parents find antithetical to our own convictions. We bear the primary responsibility for educating our children in a God-honoring way.


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