emergent is dead (to me)

To be honest, I had completely forgotten that I was a contributor to this blog. Back in April of last year I had started a post called, "farewell emergent?" Up until that time, I was really interested in the whole "conversation," and I wanted to be part of it. I was reading as much as I could, listening to as many podcasts as I could, and I even started a group that was sort of an emergent "cohort" of skeptics and progressive Christians here in Raleigh. I really thought that I had found a niche, … [Read more...]

Thank God, Persecution Is Coming

It seems that almost no one thinks that "our side" has lost. It's only a matter of time until same sex marriage has become the new normal.But, many conservatives are making another argument in response to this impending change: "Christians" will be persecuted for their beliefs.Is this true?Well, one problem with this argument is that it assumes that all Christians are the same. Using a statement like "Christians think..." makes almost no sense. Christians have differing opinions … [Read more...]

What’s Wrong With the “New Reformed” Movement? Part 2

Soon after I left the New Reformed movement, I took an American Literature class. I was surprised to learn just how much Calvinism had influenced many of the early American classics. One author in particular drew me in: Nathaniel Hawthorne. I don't know much about Hawthorne, but after I read Young Goodman Brown, it felt like I knew exactly where he was coming from.The first negative experience I can remember coming from a New Calvinist preacher was when he described going to a baseball game, … [Read more...]

“Dad, I want to go to church”

This past weekend my wife and I fell into an interesting dilemma. Our 12-year-old son wanted to go with a friend to church. My initial response was, “Sure, no big deal.” I spoke with the friend’s mom on the phone about it, and she came by and picked him up on Sunday morning. He spent the morning and part of the afternoon with them and their church friends.Shortly after I said okay, I started looking around on the internet to see what kind of church this was. It looked “harmless.” It’s part of … [Read more...]

What’s Wrong With the “New Reformed” Movement?

A little over three years ago, I was part of the center of the New Reformed movement.One of the final straws for me was an event of which I was the Director: Advance09. We brought in heavyweight speakers like Mark Driscoll, Matt Chandler, John Piper, Ed Stetzer, and a few others. The event was held at the Durham Performing Arts Center, and approximately 2500 people showed up.Overall, as a business venture, the conference went really well. People seemed to really enjoy it. And, it … [Read more...]

Rob Bell Is Wrong

Of course I am all for Rob Bell coming out in favor of humanity. And, theoretically, who could disagree with this? We need more love. But, it's where he goes next that frustrates me: We need more fidelity. We need more monogamy. We need more people who are committed to each other. It’s not good for us to be alone. What bothers me here is the equation between love/fidelity/commitment and monogamy. That the only possible solution to not being alone is to be in a monogamous (and I would assume h … [Read more...]

I Heart Therapeutic Religion

A couple of days ago, I came across an article on the Church & Postmodern Culture site by Chad Lakies. His basic argument is that "therapeutic religion" has become the norm not just within evangelicalism, but within religion in general. After I read it, I really didn't get it, so I posed the following question to the author: I'm confused as to what the problem is with "therapeutic religion"? Not long after that, Tony Jones reposted the article on his blog. Many people seemed to share my c … [Read more...]

Rob Bell Wants To Save Christianity

I never was a fanboy of Rob Bell. I read Velvet Elvis a long time ago, but the only thing I remember was that many evangelicals were mad at him back then. I've only seen a few of the Nooma videos. Beyond that, I didn't really know much about him.Until Love Wins.I really liked that book, despite not really agreeing with much of it at the time. I guess I felt like Bell was moving the Christian conversation in a more positive direction, even if I didn't think he was pushing things far … [Read more...]

#SKEPTIMERGENT: convince an atheist of process

Welcome to our first official video project!Please take a few minutes and watch the following intro video:(I recorded and uploaded this video to YouTube in about five minutes. It's super easy to do!)For reference, here are the questions I listed:What is gained by embracing a process approach toward reality that would not be gained via other approaches? What kinds of questions does process answer that cannot be answered by a rigid naturalism? What are some of the … [Read more...]

Is “Prodigal Christianity” Sustainable?

A couple of weeks ago, Tony Jones posted an introductory video to a new book by Geoff Holsclaw and David Fitch called Prodigal Christianity. I posted my initial thoughts, and then began a conversation with Geoff about the book via email. I told Geoff that I would read the rest of the book, and then try to write a review. But, once I got the book and starting reading it, it felt like I was being taken back in time three years. I hope that doesn’t sound condescending, so let me explain:When my … [Read more...]


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