A Calvinist learns from Catholics how to be a better Calvinist–part 2 in a series

Today’s post is the second of 2 by Dr. Chuck DeGroat in his series Reformed and Contemplative: Discovering Both 16th Century Reformations. The first post is here. DeGroat is the author of Leaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places, and co-founder and senior fellow at the Newbigin House of Studies, a partnership between City Church San Francisco (where he has served as a teaching pastor) and Western Theological Seminary (where [Read More...]

A young Calvinist discovers grace in Spanish Catholic mystics. (If that’s what it takes.)

Today’s post is by Dr. Chuck DeGroat, the first of 2 posts entitled Reformed and Contemplative: Discovering Both 16th Century Reformations. And I’ll bet you thought there was only one. DeGroat is the author of Leaving Egypt: Finding God in the Wilderness Places, and co-founder and senior fellow at the Newbigin House of Studies, a partnership between City Church San Francisco (where he has served as [Read More...]

The harm of abstract theologizing: some thoughts by Frederica Mathewes-Green

I wanted to share this post I stumbled upon earlier this week by Frederica Mathewes-Green entitled, “Final, I hope, thoughts on abstract theologizing: the Lamp.” These words speak to me, and I think there is much wisdom here. Here main intention is “to defend…the idea that theology must be approached prayerfully, and not as if [Read More...]

From Fear to Faith–stories about leaving conservative churches

I want to take a moment to introduce you to a book that just came out a couple of weeks ago, especially given our recent conversations on this blog: From Fear to Faith: Stories of Hitting Spiritual Walls, edited by Travis Milman and Joel L. Watts and published by Energion. From the introduction (written by Watts): This volume [Read More...]

Is Evangelicalism a 6th Grade Version of Mature Christianity?

Peter Traben Haas, former evangelical and now senior pastor at Westminster Presbyterian Church (PCUSA) in Waterloo, Iowa, recently posted at Contemplative Christians his reflections on evangelicalism, Seven Steps to Leaving “Evangelical Christianity” without Losing Your Faith. Haas is also the author of The God Who is Here: A Contemplative Guide to Transforming Your Relationship with God and the [Read More...]