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Overthinking Christian

Our scope here is to rattle evangelical norms that threaten Biblical norms (as well as pretend we are smarter and more "spiritual" than we actually are).

Paul: Apostle of Christ (movie review)

[By Alex Pascal] Paul: Apostle of Christ (2018) is based on how the New Testament book of Acts came to be. The film focuses on the relationship between Paul and Luke (Jim Caveziel playing Luke), Luke and the Christians in... Continue Reading →

“I Am Not Ashamed of The Gospel” in Historical Context

Growing up in the church, I would hear Paul's words in Romans 1:16 ("I am not ashamed of the gospel") quite often. This verse at times was used as a sort of tool to guilt-trip congregants who didn't prefer sharing... Continue Reading →

Does Romans 13 Teach Us to Obey the Government?

Recently Jeff Sessions made headlines when he brought Romans 13 into the discussion of the zero tolerance policy, immigration in America currently being an extremely hot issue. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-hV67w6oYA Evangelical responses to Session's use of Romans 13 vary, but seem to... Continue Reading →

John Mark Comer on “Progressive Theology” (video)

It's becoming increasingly clear that within the American church there is a growing fascination with "progressive theology," or at least aspects of it. Names like Rachel Held Evans, or more recently Rob Bell, seem to constantly be stirring the waters... Continue Reading →

The Humanity of Jesus & the Kingdom of God: a Conversation with Cherith Fee Nordling (Part I)

I had the great honor of conducting an interview with Dr. Cherith Fee Nordling (of Northern Seminary, Chicago) regarding the kingdom of God and some of its everyday implications. This is part one of a transcript of an hour-long phone... Continue Reading →

Jesus Needed A Mother

It may be hard for Christians who revere Jesus as divine (as God) to think of God as ever being needy or vulnerable. And yet the Bible is not the Bible if it doesn't shock us (even those, or especially... Continue Reading →

“Tortured For Christ” (movie review)

[by Alex Pascal] (SPOILERS) The 2018 film ‘Tortured for Christ’ is based on the true story of Richard Wurmbrand, a Romanian minister who was imprisoned and tortured under the Ceausescu regime for many years due to his preaching the gospel.... Continue Reading →

Can We Overemphasize Community?

It's no surprise that our theologies are made up in part by Scripture, and in part by us reacting to extremes. It's also no surprise that the American church has so stressed personal salvation that evangelicalism is thought of as... Continue Reading →

What’s Wrong with a “Verse of the Day” theology?

A practice I picked up when I was much younger was to open my Bible up, place my finger on a verse, and take it as God's personal word for me for that day (something not too uncommon in some... Continue Reading →

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