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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).

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Cultural Christianity

The Issue of Gnosticism (part 2)

Paul and Jesus on worship While in many churches worship is thought to be solely about heaven and spiritual reality, Paul connects worship to the mundane of earthly existence: “Whatever you eat or drink do it for the glory of... Continue Reading →

The Issue of Gnosticism (part 1)

S Gnosticism is a term referring to an ancient way of thought which deemphasizes the physical (the human body, the earthly) while placing high value on the non-physical (the “spiritual” dimension). It crept into some Christian circles in primitive church... Continue Reading →

Soong-Chan Rah on the American Church: “We Have Buried the Practice of Lament” (video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhjxTWOJjkI Old-Testament scholar Soong-Chan Rah addresses the American church and her inability to mourn. This is reflected in even our song selections in both traditional and contemporary worship services. He notes that "In an evangelical triumphalistic Christianity we have buried the... Continue Reading →

Gordon Fee on “Triumphalistic” Theology

*References in this post will be taken from Gordon Fee's God's Empowering Presence (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, reprint edition, June 1, 2009) Triumphalistic theology (or Triumphalism) is a theology prevalent in many denominations but generally found in Pentecostal/Charismatic circles. Such a theology focuses... Continue Reading →

Scot McKnight, “If You Tweak a Weak Gospel You Still Have a Weak Gospel,” (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6GyjaDhcac Above is a promo for a book that I am finishing up titled "The King Jesus Gospel: the original good news revisited" by accomplished New Testament scholar Scot McKnight. McKnight critiques the modern gospel as being one preoccupied with... Continue Reading →

John Piper denounces “American Christianity” (Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziXuJI3ae4U His name usually carrying with it baggage of controversy (with good reason most of the time), popular pastor John Piper describes how since this country's inception it has been a "good thing" to be a Christian, while since the... Continue Reading →

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