Rooted: Missional as Creative Christianity

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Today we begin a month-long series here on the blog called "Rooted: Revisiting Missional Church." And I want to kick things off by recasting the concept of missional as something I call Creative Christianity. A while ago I tweeted this:https://twitter.com/zhoag/status/391580061591437312The problem with how the concept of missional has been utilized by the North American church over the last 10-15 years is the inevitable drift toward programming and commodifying it. In other words, m … [Read more...]

PROOF That Al Mohler is Right About Yoga (and It Doesn’t Matter)

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On a recent podcast, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary president Al Mohler enlisted the research and expertise of Candy Gunther Brown to prove that he is, in fact, right about yoga.And guess what?He is.If you're shocked that I would say such a thing, on the Patheos Progressive Christian Channel no less, let me make something clear. I have not had a recent conversion experience. I am not switching teams, joining an Acts 29 church, subscribing to The Blaze, and making donations to … [Read more...]

The Best Christian Dating Site EVER: ChristianTingle.com

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Is this a parody? BECAUSE IT ALMOST ISN'T! Here are parts 1 and 2 of the hilarious ChristianTingle.com spoof by Tripp & Tyler:Part 1:Part 2: What do you think? Is this a startlingly accurate take on dating in Christian Culture? … [Read more...]

Beyond Mere Imitation: Looking Back on Holy Week [Daniel Karistai]

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We’ve all heard the sermon, right? You know, the badly regurgitated version of substitutionary atonement with more than a little bit of an obsession with the eternal hellfire bit of the formula. If you don’t know what I’m talking about come visit me in New Orleans. I’ll take you down to Bourbon Street one night and we’ll invariably find a guy who is quite literally standing on a soapbox and shouting through his microphone to anybody that will listen about the sort of future they will have if they … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]


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