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Why I Decided To Re-Launch The Blog (2018)

Why I Decided To Re-Launch The Blog (2018)

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In September of 2016, I made the decision to take a sabbatical from writing. When I set out to start a blog it was intended to be a theological/philosophical platform to help the Church make the reforms necessary for effectively spreading the gospel of Jesus. What I had not anticipated was just how much the Church had strayed off message by ...

EITHER, A Letter of departure, OR Give a blogger a hug

EITHER, A Letter of departure, OR Give a blogger a hug

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This is my first article in four months. Although that may not sound like a long time, to a blogger it’s an eternity. I have taken a much-needed writing sabbatical in order to rest and get re-energized. Unfortunately, neither has happened. The last year or so have proven to take a huge toll on my heart and mind. Over the ...

The Bible is NOT the Word of God (Part 3)

The Bible is NOT the Word of God (Part 3)

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Part One of this series Part Two of this series Sometimes I wonder if we really believe in the Holy Spirit. We certainly acknowledge the existence of the Holy Spirit in our creeds and confessions. We talk about the Holy Spirit in church and in theology classes. We even grant the Holy Spirit its own day – Pentecost Sunday. But still, sometimes ...

Why Progressive Christians should distance themselves from John Shelby Spong’s 12 Theses

Why Progressive Christians should distance themselves from John Shelby Spong’s 12 Theses

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UPDATE (12/31/15): I would like to take a moment and thank those who provided me with "constructive" criticism related to the title of this article. I have changed the title to reflect the content of the article more accurately.    Although I dislike religious labels, if people ask, I refer to myself as a progressive Christian. When I use the word “progressive”, ...

THEY STILL SPEAK: The Prophets of Our Generation

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I’m not into the whole “end times” theological debates. I figure when it happens, it will happen. My time is better served by ministering the gospel than calculating mysterious dates and parsing phrases that unlock secret codes. I’m also not what you would call “charismatic”. By that I mean I don’t speak in tongues or practice any of the “spirit-filled” gifts. …

A Meditation: The Beauty of Being Holy

A Meditation: The Beauty of Being Holy

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I think many of us misunderstand the concept of holiness. Many of us think of holiness in terms of ethics; that is, we think holiness = perfection. In actuality, the call for us to “be holy” has nothing to do with our moral behavior per se. Instead, holiness means “to be set apart”. For example, in 1 Peter 1:16 we are ...

Sinners in the hands of an Angry God

Sinners in the hands of an Angry God

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I mourn for Paris. I mourn for the Church. Just as the recent attacks in Paris provoke a deep mourning for France and many around the world, so too do they provoke within me a deep mourning for the Church. It seems that in today’s age of political evangelical Christianity when there is a humanitarian crisis (especially if it involves terrorism) ...

Why many of us read the Bible incorrectly – even those who should know better

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For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.Hebrews 4:12 We have all heard someone say “I interpret the Bible literally”. What many people mean by this is that they read the Bible propositionally. However, reading …

Progressive Christianity: a guide for lost evangelicals

Progressive Christianity: a guide for lost evangelicals

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I recently read an article which caricatured “Millennials” as cultural capitulators with no theological/philosophical backbone. Certainly, this type of caricature is nothing new. Throughout my tenure within evangelicalism, I can remember a number of Christian expletives that were often used to delineate friend from foe. There are five that come to mind right away: liberal, new age, postmodern, emergent, and ...