The real problem is that when we feel that Christian advocacy is all up to us, we lay on ourselves the impossible burden of being the “great boxing hope” who is expected to knock out of the ring all comers. We are expected to be the fearless David who ventures out to slay all Goliaths, … Continue reading The “Great Boxing Hope” of Apologetics
Playboy recently announced that it will be scrapping its magazines of nudity. The initial response from the evangelical camp was one of joy. “Thank goodness they’ve come to their senses.” Unfortunately, they haven’t at all, and that’s the point. It turns out, the decision to get rid of nudity in the famous magazines was centered … Continue reading On Playboy, Goats, and Shock Value in Sexual Culture
Motivational speaker and best-selling author Joel Osteen (also pastor of Lakewood Church if you feel that title fits) recently released a new book called The Power of I Am. I haven’t read the book, and won’t, but from what I’ve gathered from a couple interviews and reviews, the gist of the book is pretty simple: … Continue reading The Real Power of “I Am”
Remember those famous nylon acrostic bracelets we all sported back in the 90s? The motivation for wearing them was simple: It was to remind us to be mindful, through our daily decisions, struggles, and conversations, to approach them the way Jesus would. It served as a visual trigger for that famous rhetorical question pastors and … Continue reading What Would Paul Do?
Our series continues on the “trivial church” and how we can regain an accurate understanding of its designed function. In the first post, we looked at some common “blanket statements” made about the universal Church. This time we will be focusing on the some of the more localized and personal reasons why people may choose … Continue reading Attacking Trivial Church: Part Two
There are two ecclesiological extremes people are going to today in evangelicalism. The first extreme is when people place an unnecessary emphasis on the Church and its role and function in the body of Christ. Many ultra-conservative church leaders urge members to have perfect attendance on Sunday and be dressed appropriately, which means they better … Continue reading Attacking Trivial Church: Part One
Originally published at cbmw.org. The English language is one of, if not the most, complicated languages in the world, but not because there is a word for every emotion or feeling. Our language tends to do an injustice to words derived from other ancient or historic languages. We suffer from this repercussion at various points … Continue reading Calling Men to Meekness