John Ashmen

John Ashmen is president and CEO of the Association of Gospel Rescue Missions, North America’s oldest and largest network of independent ministries serving the hungry, homeless, abused, and addicted. He holds a B.S. in Bible, with a Social Work emphasis, and an M.A. in Organizational Management. His writings have appeared in numerous books, journals, and websites, and he speaks and teaches ministry management and contemporary culture seminars around the world. His recent book, Invisible Neighbors, published by Cross Section, has received rave reviews. John is a husband and father of three children and two grandchildren.

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Thursday, January 17th, 2013

The riddle of the middle

Baptist minister and sociologist Tony Campolo was arguably the first to send shock waves through the ranks of the religious right two decades ago when he responded to a question about his political leaning—Democrat or Republican? His reply: “It depends on the issue.”

Fundamentalists scorned him, calling him an apostate, but his assertion gave a new generation of evangelicals permission to scrutinize political platforms and move to the middle. The middle seemed to make more sense to younger followers of Jesus who were hearing and heeding calls to humanitarian causes at home and abroad.

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