Evangelicalism faces an uncertain future. In this book, written just before his death, Calvin Miller takes a critical and prophetic look at the movement he loved, believing we can only shape the future if we understand the present. American evangelicalism, he warns, has largely adapted to the culture and as a result, is waning in its vitality and influence.
Rather than counting on some grand revival, Miller writes that revitalizing the heart of evangelical Christianity will instead happen one person at a time. The Vanishing Evangelical looks at the broad cultural influences that are shaping the whole movement, and Miller's sage counsel challenges the reader to confront these forces personally and take steps toward a personal, vital spirituality.
Calvin Miller (1936-2012) served as a pastor for over thirty years, and was also research professor and distinguished writer in residence at Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Alabama. He was a beloved author of more than seventy books of popular theology and inspiration, including Preaching: The Art of Narrative Exposition.
The Vanishing Evangelical is not only a fitting epitaph of Calvin Miller's well-lived life but also prophetic trumpet blast to the church given to us as he entered eternity. Upon reading his visionary summons, I was duly convicted, then encouraged; challenged, then affirmed; guilty as charged, then exonerated with grace. Calvin Miller's amazingly insightful work is written for such a time as this, calling a sedated church back to her first love and to her rightful place.
founder and senior pastor of New Hope Christian Fellowship, Honolulu, Hawaii
Calvin Miller was a pastor, professor, artist, apologist, evangelist, and writer of renown. He was also my friend, colleague, racquetball mate, and discussion partner. This is the last book he wrote, and it's well worth the read. I wish Calvin were still here so that I could take him to Starbucks to chat about several things he wrote in this volume, but I'm sure he is occupied with higher things in a better place. We are still tracking with you, Calvin!
founding dean of Beeson Divinity School of Samford University; general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture
Calvin Miller knew the evangelical world from many perspectives--as a pastor, church planter, bestselling author, and teacher. In The Vanishing Evangelical, he summons his decades of experience and his considerable talents to craft a powerful indictment of the current state of the evangelical church. Dealing with challenges such as a declining interest in worship and discipleship, postmodern thought, wavering orthodoxy, and more, the book nevertheless points to factors that indicate the potential for a more promising future. Church leaders should take seriously both Miller's concerns and his prescriptions for the future of the church.
executive editor of Preaching magazine; dean of the College of Christian Studies at Anderson University, Anderson, South Carolina
Calvin Miller's crowning work sizzles with prophetic zeal. Like Jesus, Miller had a passion that increased as his life on this planet ebbed. That passion comes through in the pages of this book.
author of Why Men Hate Going to Church