September 30, 2018

The Growth Gap… “A generation ago, the average church in most towns or cities was about 50-75 people, but the biggest church in town was seldom over 500. Even in large, heavily churched cities it was rare to find a church over 1,000[1].” What the Growth Gap is… Interestingly enough though, in 2016 Barna’s research team found that still yet, “the largest group of American churchgoers attends services in a more intimate context. Almost half (46%) attend a church of… Read more

September 23, 2018

The Real Five Points of Calvinism A Truer Description of the Faith Calvinism is still here. And here to stay, apparently. Calvinism has been growing at a pretty astonishing rate. According to one New York Times article, which included an obligatory quote by Roger Olson, thirty percent of Southern Baptist churches consider themselves Calvinist and sixty percent are sort of Calvinistic (in that they reject Arminianism, Calvinism’s supposed opposite). Many of the most influential Christian popular theologians today—Matt Chandler, John… Read more

September 18, 2018

 Is Getting Drunk a Sin? “Mostly everybody in the Bible seemed to love wine except ascetics and Nazarites. The Bible portrays Noah as the first winemaker who not only made wine but drunk it until he was inebriated. The Bible portrayed Solomon and Lady Wisdom as championing wisdom in part by choosing and mixing wines.  Isaiah the Prophet and his disciples who add to his words repeatedly use imagery of wine.  Jesus seems to have loved wine and had a reputation… Read more

September 13, 2018

If Roe v Wade is overturned, will abortion become illegal in the US? “January 22, 1973 – Roe v. Wade – The US Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, affirms the legality of a woman’s right to have an abortion under the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution.”[5] Political engagement has risen but, according to CNN, so also has the skepticism of our government as questions arise regarding surveillance and privacy alongside worry regarding the political impacts of unelected officials, corporations and various other unknown… Read more

September 9, 2018

Is God a Woman? If you Google, “What language was the NT written in…” what will come up, in answer to this, is “Greek.” And, if you google, “What language were the Gospels written in?” you’ll find that it says differently, saying that they’re written in Aramaic… Which, as most of us know, the Gospels are very much part of the New Testament and, Aramaic is not the same thing as Greek. Which is why there is the Aramaic Hypothesis… Read more

September 5, 2018

“These are paid protestors folks… protestors are paid a lot of money by the DNC.” – POTUS I went and tried to fact check Trump on this but, here’s the thing: Snopes said it wasn’t, in regard to a single incident; while, the Washington Post says, “In reality, organizations often do sponsor or support rallies and send paid staff to help organize them, although unpaid protesters typically outnumber organizers”; lastly, Jon Oliver on his YouTube show, “Last Week Tonight” facetiously reports… Read more

September 2, 2018

The Meaning of Labor Day Guest Post Written By Tylor Standley  Let us remember the reason for the season—the reason why you have a 40-hour workweek, the reason why you have holidays, the reason your children do not work in mines, the reason your workplace is safe. Every day you enjoy the benefits of freedom gained not by the guns of soldiers or the benevolence of capitalists and politicians, but gained by the voices of the workers. We Christians have… Read more

August 29, 2018

Debunking Common Myths We’ve Come to Believe About American Health Care Fun Fact: We’re not necessarily living longer it’s just that fewer people are dying at birth or of disease. So, the combined average has simply increased. It wasn’t until I was older that I began to understand the weight my grandparents must have and still experience daily of waking up in the morning and checking the obituaries. “Oh, ‘so and so’ passed…” My grandparents are some of the lucky… Read more

August 26, 2018

Is Manipulative Worship Okay? That Feeling You Thought was the Holy Spirit Moving in Your Soul… It wasn’t necessarily the Holy Spirit but, also, maybe it was(?) Let me explain… Read more

August 23, 2018

Is White Supremacy a Core Principle of Western Theology? “But theologians have always had the ability to lend symbolic capital to ideas. These ideas can create conditions [that]have real-life effects.” Recently, I tweeted this: White supremacy is a CORE tenant of Christianity, period. It’s a “cornerstone,” that if removed, would cause the collapse of western theology, as we know it today. This is why I write: I’m slowly but steadily chiseling away at whatever it is holding this “cornerstone” in… Read more

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