The Sin of Utilitarian Christianity

The present challenges are new, in the sense that WE have not seen them before. But, they are not new to the human condition. King Solomon’s admonition that there is nothing new under the sun looms large (Ecclesiastes 1:9). And they are certainly not new to God.

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This is a Reformation

I’m going to make a seemingly bold (and yet not really all that bold claim):We are in a Reformation. In actuality, we are always in “reformation.” This is why the reformers of the 16th century variety coined the phrase “semper reformanda” or “the church reformed, always reforming.” It’s the reality that we are always being […]

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There are No Winners

The events that transpired and the responses of many people, both within my circle and in the general population, left me with a sense of foreboding. There is something wrong in this nation.

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A Pastoral Letter to the Church | “Enough is Enough”

To those who have laid claim to the name above every name. We must repent. We must turn away from violence. We must turn away from the hardness of heart that would consume us. We must plead with the Father to replace our heart of stone with one of flesh. We must embrace the prospect that we are like sheep being led to the slaughter. Not as a political cause, but as a righteous act in the name of the one true God.

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Do We Look More American than Christian? Part 7

Part 7: Spiritual formation is not attractional. The entire model of the contemporary American church is centered upon attraction and motivational appeals. I grew up in this church culture so I know it well. The contemporary churches of today are merely adult versions of the youth groups of yesterday. My “youth group” experience simply followed […]

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