Category Archives: Christianity

on worship, singing, and the gathered church

It’s not a particularly new concern, but I think the current state of singing in churches is something that needs attention. My own context is a relatively independent evangelical Protestant church with little history or tradition beyond the past 10-15 years, … Continue reading

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on faith, practice, and social goods

It should be a fundamental principle that belief is predicated on truth, not pragmatism. That being said, it is certainly the case that belief and practice that are aligned with truth will be pragmatic, in the sense that long-term success and … Continue reading

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on Trump and evangelicals

Here’s a brief conversation addressing some of the questions that arise concerning the candidacy of Donald Trump and the support of evangelicals. Dr. Jim Eckman is a wise observer of these things, so these 4 minutes won’t be wasted if … Continue reading

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on advice to the Church

This writer put his finger on a problem I think is behind the nagging feeling I’ve been getting lately with each iteration of “advice to the church” couched as “what you need to know about why the young/men/women/singles/parents (etc.) are … Continue reading

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on intellectual approaches

I went to see “God’s Not Dead” this week with some guys from church. To be honest, you couldn’t have crawled under my expectations for it. So it exceeded my expectations, which is always nice, but the bar was low. … Continue reading

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Government policies and church support

Though prompted by a current set of circumstances in Rome, this comment by Peter Berger points out what has always been a serious, if not fatal, flaw in the rush of many churches, now including many evangelical ones, to promote … Continue reading

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Joke of the day

Understanding religious diversity in three steps: 1. Jewish people don’t recognize Jesus. 2. Protestants don’t recognize the Pope. 3. Baptists don’t recognize each other in a liquor store. h/t “Reformed Trombonist” commenting on this intriguing blog item.

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Bible words in red

I’ve read some jaw-droppingly ludicrous things on the internet, which I suppose is like saying I’ve gotten completely wet diving into a swimming pool. Nevertheless, I assume people who compose and post things on the internet do not intend to … Continue reading

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positivity

from Cardinal Dolan. Love and truth are distinguishable, but not properly separable.

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on the politics of Jesus(‘ followers)

After a few decades of anguish on the part of many commentators about the unholy alliance between evangelicals and the political right, I’ll be very curious to observe the reactions to the efforts to co-opt evangelicals in the service of … Continue reading

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