Refocus

As readers of this site know, when I retired, I was in the midst of a media flurry. The cause was my December 19 editorial questioning Donald Trump’s moral fitness for office. Since I wrote that as editor in chief of Christianity Today, it aroused substantial interest across the world. I’ve had requests from not only major US media, but also print and video outlets in Japan, France, Canada, and others. They have all seemed eager to talk to an evangelical who questions a controversial president heartily supported by so many evangelicals. They are also interested in learning more about evangelicals.

I’ve tried to be accommodating, as my schedule has allowed, because in nearly every interview, I was able to give insight into current evangelical life to reporters unaware of its nuances, and sometimes I’ve been able to talk about the Christian faith to unbelievers. To be frank, I’ve not been particularly enthusiastic about all of this (well, except talking about our Lord), but I felt that providence had opened a door and it was my duty to walk through it. I was also convinced there would come a time to move on.

Well, that time has come–or better the time to move back to what I’m really interested in, what I believe is the core calling at this stage of my life: trying to increasingly understand the dynamics of the spiritual life. At times, that pursuit will attend to politics, but I rarely feel compelled to write about this intersection–I’m just not that interested in politics, to be frank. But I’m fascinated with the relation of faith and culture, and that of the individual believer and the church–and especially in what’s going on in the deeper recesses of our souls.

This Lent–and the forced retreat demanded by current pandemic–have helped me refocus, or better, remind myself of what I need to be doing in the next stage of my life. In the coming weeks, you’ll see changes to this site to match this new focus, and I’ll explain those as they evolve.

In the meantime, if you are interested in my emerging thoughts on the dynamics of the spiritual life, you’ll want to register to receive email updates–just go to the top of the right column on the home page to subscribe.

More to come….!

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3 Responses to Refocus

  1. c.a.post says:

    Hi, Mr. Galli.
    I have enjoyed reading your reports even when I disagree with some of the things you say. Even the Church ‘fathers’ in Jerusalem had to work out their differences when Father did new things with gentiles, and Paul and Barnabas didn’t seem to always get along. So much for la-di-da Christianity! 🙂
    That said, I felt a strong urgency of the Spirit when the virus first began to hit the news (in Lexington, KY, were entertaining educators from mainland China at the time), that Father was about to do a purifying work in His Church.
    After all, the Church He is building is not of brick, mortar and drywall. When all the dust settles and many legacy churches have closed because funds dried up or adherents left, in their place will be fellowships of Christ’s followers who know His voice and follow Him.

  2. Mark:

    Your editorial in the moral bankruptcy of Donald Trump and his policies has rejuvenated my interest and respect for true Chrisitanity. So much of what “Christian churches” teach and practice is nothing Jesus would have taught or supported. There are cultural Christians and sincere followers of Jesus. There are two different groups. Jesus as you wll know said to give to Caesar the things that are Caesars and to God the things that are God’s. I am glad you have taken in interest in the later rather than the former, but it’s important to pay attention to the former so that we do not wind up worshiping poltical idols rather than tuning in to the lessons of the Spirit which, of course, is “Love as I have loved.”

    All the best on your new endeavor,

    David Markham
    http://www.uuawayoflife.org

  3. Gary Wood says:

    Thank you for sharing your inspirations and insights.

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