Mainline Protestant values helped produce a world that doesn’t think it needs the church. But that world has not yet found anything outside the self to provide meaning or belonging. What an amazing opportunity, then, for the evangelical church to makes itself a refuge for the orphans of modernity. In the good news of Jesus’ death and resurrection, sinners of every time and place and generation find communion with God in Christ and fellowship with His body, the church. If we lose the mushy middle but regain our prophetic witness, the next generation may yet yield the American church’s most fruitful years.