Posts From Bruce Ashford

What does it take to be a trustworthy Christian “thought leader”?

Earlier this summer, I participated in the “5 Leadership Questions” podcast. Usually podcast interviews are pretty easy. I’m a guest on at least several radio shows or podcasts per week, and I usually don’t spend much time preparing for them. But this invitation was different, largely because they wanted to ask me questions about leadership. [ Read More ]

Join me for a Facebook Live discussion of Christian faith and American politics

Friends, please join me at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24 for a Facebook Live event hosted by The Gospel Coalition. I will give three 10-minute talks, followed by three 10-minute Q&A sessions with Facebook viewers. Envisioning Christianity & Politics for a Secular Age Building a Whole-Life Pro-Life Ethic Cultivating a Christian Hope for American [ Read More ]

An Evangelical Guide to Populism (6): Make Democracy Great Again

The past decade in American politics and public life has felt like the combination of a war, a carnival, and a Hollywood movie. We’ve experienced not only the injustices pointed out by populists, such as the corruption of Wall Street bankers whose irresponsibility crashed our economy and devastated innumerable ordinary citizens, and the overbearing, self-serving, [ Read More ]

An Evangelical Guide to Populism (5) Populism and Political Power

If economic frustration is the shared experience that catalyzes populist movements, and if questions of identity form the underlying concern, then questions of rule provide the context for why questions about identity are so powerful. In response to the question, “Who should rule?” populism provides a clear answer: “The people.” On the face of it, [ Read More ]