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Evangelical Futures: Seven needful qualities

An ancient Chinese proverb reminds us that ‘to prophesy is extremely difficult, especially with regard to the future’.

Jonathan Lamb

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Humility. A man stands under the aurora borealis. Lofoten islands, Norway. | photo: iStock

This is certainly the case as we try to anticipate the future of evangelicalism, and is heightened still further by the fact that we live in a context of considerable social and political volatility, confront a rising and more aggressive secularism, and live within communities with growing non-Christian religious affiliation. But most of all, humility is called for because of the most significant reality of all – God’s sovereign engagement in the life of the church and in the realities of our world. In the midst of so many unknowns, we trust His good purposes.