The Vanishing Evangelical: Saving the Church from Its Own Success by Restoring What Really Matters by Calvin Miller
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.