Category: Contemporary Trends

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Culture

The Church in Africa is Unimpressed

In response to efforts of the American leaders in the United Methodist Church to influence Africa’s Methodists to reject the Biblical teaching on homosexual marraige, they did not budge: I thank God for His precious Word to us, and I thank him for you, my dear sisters and brothers in Christ.As the General Coordinator of …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity

Just Once

More and more articles on the standard Christian websites and highly read blogs have articles that follow this pattern: I used to believe idea ‘X.’ After agonizing, recognizing how bigoted the church was, and really following the Holy Spirit [God told me!], I realized I was wrong about ‘X.’ Now that I believe ‘Not X,’ …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

The Rabbis and Biblical Interpretation

Mike Heiser makes a compelling case against referring to the rabbinical authors uncritically when trying to understand the Bible: You have to realize appealing to rabbis means nothing. Rabbinic thought and biblical thought (and academic work) are miles apart. Hey Christians enamored with rabbis: The rabbis can’t even get the messiah right (or, to be …

Contemporary Trends

Sex Laws: Do They Pass the Reality Test?

If you know me, you know I’ve got an anti-authoritarian side. This is temperamental first and only then morphs into ideology. I noticed this about myself in my late teens. Because of that, I typically found myself siding w/libertarian in most areas of political theory. But I knew, even in high school, that pure anarchy …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Did Jesus come to make bad people good?

A common evangelical slogan, which I think comes from a Ravi Zacharias sermon is: Jesus didn’t come to make bad people good, he came to make dead people live. While I think I agree with the main point of this phrase (Christianity is not merely morality), I usually hear it said in a way that …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity

Sermons and Secondary Literature

John Piper lets pastors know what it’s important to study the Bible for themselves and carefully: We must be like Jonathan Edwards, who resolved in his college days and kept the resolution all his life, “Resolved: To study the Scriptures so steadily, constantly, and frequently, as that I may find, and plainly perceive, myself to …

Contemporary Trends, Christianity, Spiritual Life

Pastors and Secular Power

Richard Baxter saw the dangers of cozying up to political power. Ministers of the gospel, if they aren’t careful, will not only sacrifice original thought but also Biblical truth in order to avoid being ostracized, mocked, or disagreed with. Social media has made this quite apparent in the current year. For instance, as the pro-life …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

Common Misconceptions Concerning Christian Discipleship

In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis explains that knowing a bit of theology is important for Christians now, in a way that it was not in the past: …In the old days, when there was less education and discussion, perhaps it was possible to get on with a very few simple ideas about God. But it …

Contemporary Trends, Bible, Christianity

John Wesley on Foreknowledge and Election

Below, you’ll find 1 Peter 1:1-2 and John Wesley’s comments on vs 2. Over all, I find what he says to be convincing. The idea that the descriptions of God’s fore or after knowledge in the Bible are metaphorical is perfectly reasonable. It is just as much true that predestination is a metaphor as it …

Contemporary Trends, Book-Review, Christianity

Sanctification, Repentance, and the Habit Loop

Introduction to Concept: In his book The Power of Habit, Charles Duhigg explains something advertisers have known for quite some time: human beings can be trained to respond to cues with routines as long as there is a reward. He calls this the habit loop. It looks like this: The idea is that when we …