Contemporary Evangelical culture is extremely concerned with the ways in which we, as Christians, may offend non-Christians, seekers, or even current Christians at risk of leaving the Church. More liberal and progressive strands of Christianity often seem more preoccupied with not doing, saying, or even believing anything that may offend anyone—but even while more conservative Christians […]
- Problems with the Statistic on Millennials Leaving Religion Over LGBT Issues
Results from a survey have been going around under the claim that 31% of millennials who have abandoned their childhood faith did so because of the way Christians have dealt with homosexuality. The problem is that the methodology and phrasing in the single question upon which all of this is based are too convoluted to allow us to draw any conclusions whatsoever.
- Why I’ll Never Say, “I don’t regret my mistakes, because they made me who I am today.”
Denying regret is a convenient way to sidestep our conscience, but to do so is to embrace sin, exalting it above God’s sovereign grace.
- Do You Believe That God Changes?
The idea of a God who changes misunderstands the timeless nature of God and completely undermines the very foundations upon which Christianity is built, rendering God unknowable and morality arbitrary at best, and undefinable and unnecessary at worst.
- How Can Murderers and Rapists Go to Heaven While Good People Go to Hell?
This question has two major problems: first, while it appears to be rooted in grace, it is actually strict legalism; and second, it completely misunderstands the nature of sin.
- What Is the Nature of Sin?
Sin is not about breaking an arbitrary list of rules. It is about rebellion against God and against the order of creation.
- Why the HIMYM Finale Was All Wrong
How I Met Your Mother‘s two-part finale went against everything the show has been about for nine years, teaching us instead that people can’t change, brokenness can’t be fixed, people are selfish, and friendship is for fair weather.
- More Thoughts on Prosperity and Blessing
The Old Testament contains multiple examples of material prosperity being identified as blessings from God, but Jesus seems to make clear that prosperity can be a burden that prevents us from following him. How do we reconcile that, and what does it mean?
- Why Does God Burden Us with Success and Prosperity?
If material prosperity is more of a burden than a blessing, then why does God burden us with prosperity? What does he expect us to do with it?
- When Short Term Missions Is Actually Christian Tourism
We need to completely rethink the value, purpose, and methods of short term missions trips.
- When Progressive Christians Talk About Evangelicals (or, Why Evangelicals Take These Moral Stands)
Progressive Christians’ willingness to throw Evangelicalism out with the bathwater reveals the very same problems in progressives that they decry in Evangelicals: they’re out of touch with the larger Evangelical community, and prefer to stereotype rather than listening and understanding.