Five Problems With Grace

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I know, I know. If there is anything sacred in the American church today, especially among younger, post-evangelical, and charismatic Christians, it would be the concept of grace.While the neo-Calvinists certainly talk about grace - doctrines of grace, irresistible grace, saving grace, common grace, etc. - they are often not so gracious, you know, to people who don't agree with them about homosexuality and hell (the latter being the place where those who don't fit their idea of grace end … [Read more...]

Telling My Story & Naming the Master

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On Friday I told a little bit more of my story over at A Deeper Story. Here's an excerpt: Coming to terms with emotional abuse often requires a catalytic experience of some kind – a hardship, a betrayal, a tragedy, a death. It’s the cold water awakening you from the slumber. It’s the shift that triggers a sudden, inescapable eruption of the Real. It’s the heat that brings the truth to a boil. Pretty early on I knew that what I was experiencing was not right. But I suppressed that knowledge in t … [Read more...]

J.D. Greear: Preaching Against Homosexuality is Like Preaching Against Slavery

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In a stunning example of illogic/false analogy/absurdity, here's J.D. Greear setting the evangelical movement back about, oh, 150 years by equating preaching against "homosexuality" to preaching against "slavery and racism":This happened, of course, at the Southern Baptist ERLC leadership summit, and it represents an increasingly popular technique on the part of neo-Calvinistic evangelicals to subtly imply that gay relationships or gay marriage are like slavery, the KKK, racism, … [Read more...]

The Baptists Talk About Sex

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This week, Southern Baptist leaders convened at the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission for a leadership summit on sexuality. New England journalist Ruth Graham offers her perspective on Al Jazeera: The group’s president, Russell Moore, took a gentler, less combative approach than his predecessor, Richard Land, who was known to make incendiary comments. (Just last week, Land suggested on a radio show that homosexuality is caused by childhood sexual abuse.) Most Southern Baptists, like other … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Franklin Graham, Russell Moore, & Ralph Reed on ABC News

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Here are Franklin Graham, Russell Moore, and Ralph Reed  on ABC News, demonstrating the pathetic state of majority evangelicalism in America. It's a mixed message of political agendas, false data, and self-righteous posturing in the name of "the gospel." Lord, have mercy.ABC US News | ABC Business News … [Read more...]

Rob Bell: Resurrection

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Jesus Is Dying to be Inclusive – So Why Aren’t We?

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It's Good Friday, and lots of Christians are reflecting on the single most defining truth in our faith-story.That Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures.Yes, there's more to the story than just that. But if you were going to pin down one sentence, one phrase, that encapsulates who we are both in our own perception and the perceptions of those outside the church, it would likely be, Jesus died for our sins. Yes, Jesus lived (to inaugurate the kingdom). Yes, Jesus rose (to … [Read more...]

The New Parish Drops Today – Get 40% OFF Today Only!

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My friend Tim Soerens has written an important book called The New Parish, with Paul Sparks and Dwight Friesen. It drops today!And you can download Chapter 1 for free right here! AND if you download the chapter, there's a coupon at the bottom for 40% off your purchase of the book, good today only!Here's an excerpt: THE HIDDEN MOVEMENT: THE RETURN TO RELATIONALITY AND PLACE Popular imagination holds that North American churches are dwindling away, frozen in irrelevance and dying from … [Read more...]

How to Be Evangelical After World Vision: The Code

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As Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition and the excommunication-by-farewell trend have made clear, evangelical has become code for a couple Utterly Important Things:Hell: i.e., totally for it.Homosexuality: i.e., obsessively against it.Sure, there are some underlying principles there like Penal Substitutionary Atonement Is The Gospel Or Else (which supports Hell) and the Bible Read Superficially Without Factoring In Historical Context Is Inerrant Or Else (which wars against H … [Read more...]

How to Be Evangelical After World Vision: I Mean, Why?

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In my first post on how to be evangelical after World Vision, I admittedly assumed something. Namely, that anyone would actually want to be evangelical after World Vision.I mean, why?Why would we even want to carry on this label, if the loudest voices driving the popular perception of "evangelical" are the conservative gatekeepers who have fully farewelled the centrist/nuanced, progressive, and emergence voices?Why not just adopt the more generalized "progressive Christian" or p … [Read more...]


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