Bearing Witness from Prison in Indonesia

The Academy’s founder and executive director recently wrote at Firstthings.com about a jailed Indonesian Chinese evangelical politician known as Ahok.  His is not only a story of courage and valiance, but carries lessons for American evangelicals...

An Open Letter to My International Student Friends

© 2015 Robert OsburnDear International Student Friends Who So Enrich Our Lives: Over the past 30 years, thousands of international students and visiting scholars like you have brightened our lives and challenged our thinking. Some of you have become followers of...

The Church as Model Nation

© 2015 Robert OsburnI thought about titling this essay “The Magnificent Church,” but, to some folks, calling the church “magnificent” is like calling a trailer court an “estate.”   “Fractious, stumbling, squawking” may seem like better adjectives for an...

The Potential of Pluralism

Dr. Robert OsburnI not only read World magazine, but I sometimes gift subscriptions to it.  It fearlessly exposes the occasional evangelical impostor and our sometimes-frivolous tendencies to hucksterism (e.g., Mark Driscoll’s attempt to purchase New York Times...

Engaging Muslims: Speaking the Truth in Love

© 2015 Robert OsburnWith every terrorist attack by radicalized Muslims, many Americans wonder whether, as Robert Spencer suggests in his new 2014 book, whether an Arab winter has come to America.  Not just to America, but also to Nigeria, Mali, France, Denmark,...