About Derek Rishmawy

Derek Rishmawy is the Director of College and Young Adult ministries at Trinity United Presbyterian Church in Orange County, CA, serving college kids for the gospel. He’s been graciously adopted by the Triune God. That God has also seen fit to bless him with lovely wife named McKenna. He got his B.A. in Philosophy at UCI and his M.A. in Theological Studies (Biblical Studies) at APU. His passions are theology, the church, some philosophy, cultural criticism, and theology. He has been published at the Gospel Coalition, Mere Orthodoxy, and Out of Ur blog. He writes regularly at his Reformedish blog. You can connect on Facebook and can also follow him on Twitter at @DZRishmawy.

History, Christian Scholarship, and Learning to Re-embrace Our Missionary Past

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Many young Christians probably have some mixed feelings about our missionary past. For those of us growing up in the Church, the big heroes are the brave families who head out to spread the Gospel, risking comfort and danger for the sake of the call. In some settings, the 19th-century mission movement is still held up as a halcyon high-mark of the Gospel's progress in the world, shrouded in mythic glory. Of course, then you go to school, read modern critical accounts, and find accusations (some … [Read more...]

Donald Miller and the Myth of Isolated Worship

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So, Donald Miller wrote an article about why he doesn’t go to church much. You can read it here. I was surprised by how much I didn't agree with it, given the way his earlier works blessed me when I was in college (especially some of the moving things he has written about needing community). In essence, for this article Miller took some of the worst cliches and cultural trends of American life that contribute to our consumeristic view of church and handily bundled them all together in one art … [Read more...]

New Year’s Resolutions as an “Expectation of Faith”

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If I had to take a guess, New Year’s would not have been the Teacher’s favorite holiday: All streams run to the sea, but the sea is not full; to the place where the streams flow, there they flow again. All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, “See, this … [Read more...]

Page CXVI’s Christmas Album Helped Me Channel the Spirit of Advent

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Just as I have for the last few years on Black Friday, as others flitted about catching deals (and still others Jesus-juked them online), I began my spiritual discipline for Advent: listening to Christmas music. It started one year when I noticed that Christmas came and went without much of a fuss in my life. Of course I knew it was important. I probably understood it better on a spiritual level than I ever had. Still, the real experience of the season—preparing my heart, slowing down, and dwe … [Read more...]

Popular Science Disproves Virgin Birth with #SCIENCE!!!

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Popular Science wants you to know that a human virgin birth (or, more properly 'virginal conception', not 'immaculate conception', which is something entirely different) is pretty impossible. While "parthenogenesis" has been known to happen in non-mammalian species, there are a couple of obstacles to that happening for us: So what stands in the way? First, a mammal’s egg cell usually won’t divide until it receives a signal from the sperm. Second, most mammalian eggs have only half the number of … [Read more...]

Celebrating C. S. Lewis: ‘The Problem of Pain’

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Editor’s Note: November 22, 2013, will mark the fiftieth anniversary of C. S. Lewis’s death. On that day, he will be given a place in Westminster Abbey’s renowned Poet’s Corner. In commemoration of this event, all this week Christ and Pop Culture contributors will be writing about the works by C. S. Lewis that have been most personally significant to them.“God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world." -C.S. … [Read more...]

How To Avoid Christian Celebrity Derangement Syndrome: Dealing Fairly With Evans, Driscoll and Piper

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Back in G.W. Bush presidency, someone coined the term "BDS" or "Bush Derangement Syndrome", in order to refer to that unhinged segment of the punditry who couldn't mention his name without the words "Nazi" or "anti-Christ." (Now, for Obama it's "Muslim/Socialist" and "anti-Christ.") I'd like to submit three new terms: PDS, RHEDS, and DDS. John Piper, Rachel Held Evans, and Mark Driscoll Derangement Syndrome. Those three number among a set of high-profile names you can attach to any story and im … [Read more...]

Living the Epic Drama In Short Stories

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Alice Munro won the Nobel Prize in Literature last week. She is the thirteenth woman and first Canadian to win the prize. Munro's award is also significant because she won it, not for a novel, but for being a "master of the contemporary short story." That's pretty cool.When asked why she writes short stories instead of novels, Munro told The Atlantic: So why do I like to write short stories? Well, I certainly didn't intend to. I was going to write a novel. And still! I still come up with … [Read more...]

Three Themes to Consider While Watching ‘The Legend of Korra’

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You probably know by now that The Legend of Korra has returned for a second season on Nickelodeon. Originally planned as a single 12-episode follow-up to the award-winning Avatar: The Last Airbender, The Legend of Korra been expanded to four seasons, much to the delight of its loyal fans.Without getting too bogged down, the Avatar series occurs in an Asian-influenced world containing four nations associated with the classical elements (air, water, fire, earth). Some within each nation are abl … [Read more...]

Oprah Puts Rob Bell on Her Spiritual A-Team

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Eckhart Tolle.Rhonda Byrne.Elizabeth Gilbert....Rob Bell?Yes, the moment has arrived. After encouraging us to learn from Tolle about 'The Power of Now', pushing us to unlock 'The Secret' with Byrne, and exhorting us to let Gilbert teach us to 'Eat, Pray, Love,' Oprah has added Rob Bell to her list of must-read spiritual gurus. This month the media mogul picked Bell's recent offering What We Talk About When We Talk About God as her 'Super Soulful Book of the M … [Read more...]


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