Pastor Tullian & The Myth of the “Watching World”

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Whenever there is a church controversy these days, especially if it involves online conflict (and it always does), there will inevitably be a person or persons who pipe up about midway through claiming to be the voice of holy reason.¬†They will say something to the effect of, "Come on guys. We may disagree but we are brothers in Christ [typically no mention of sisters]. Jesus said the world would know us by our love, not by our right theology. All this fighting is hurting the cause! Let's not … [Read more...]

The REAL Threat to Unity

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As the conversation around World Vision's decision to hire married gay folks has unfolded (or perhaps, unraveled), it didn't take long for certain voices to issue warnings about division and disunity in the church.Sometimes those warnings are justified and helpful, coming from the position of desiring all sides to be fully heard before any judgments are rendered, and to seek to stay together even amidst disagreement.And sometimes they come from a particular side, and, particularly, the … [Read more...]

Stop Calling Your Critics “Haters”

It's a Christian culture internet phenomenon that has reached viral status many times over, especially among well-known Christian leaders.Calling your critics "haters."It's the perfect deflection for any and all critique, really. If you are a famous Christian leader, what better way to demonize your detractors than to accuse them of hate - especially in the popular sense of hating on your success because, you know, they're just JEALOUS. Steven Furtick famously minted this phenomenon in the … [Read more...]

Clanging Cymbals: Danica Newton on Twitter Preachers & Bad Fruit

During the week-or-so-long online conversation now affectionately known as McCoy-gate, and my attempt at a clarifying response here on the blog, I was impressed by the engagement from Danica Newton. Danica brought some calm, but strong, arguments and questions to the table, and did so with grace throughout. It's my pleasure to present this guest post from her on the issue of online preachers like McCoy and the conversations that sometimes erupt. Danica shows some real vulnerability here as she … [Read more...]


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