Too Much Food, Too Little Stewardship

Often in the American church, gluttony is considered a "sin of the past" or, increasingly more common, not a sin at all. Everywhere you look, more is better. More fries on the side, more burger for your buck, more sauce slathered on everything imaginable. We're encouraged to gorge at our slightest whim or achievement with … Continue reading Too Much Food, Too Little Stewardship

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We Ask Not “How can We Serve our Church?” but “How can Our Church Entertain Us?”

#3 in my series "Pervasive Problems in the American Church" Flashy events. Catchy phrases. Attractive leaders. Feel-good messages. It's interesting how, though not found in any of the praises of the churches in Revelation or in the commandments for holy living, that these are found in nearly all American churches today. "Come to our church! … Continue reading We Ask Not “How can We Serve our Church?” but “How can Our Church Entertain Us?”

We’ve Taken the Bible out of “Bible” Study

This is the second in my series of "Pervasive Problems with Cultural Christianity," focusing on the lack of biblical literacy and care for biblical accuracy. "Christians who lack biblical knowledge are the products of churches that marginalize biblical knowledge. Bible teaching now often accounts for only a diminishing fraction of the local congregation’s time and … Continue reading We’ve Taken the Bible out of “Bible” Study

What if America was Never “Great?”

I generally refrain from political posts but the slogan of a certain tangerine-colored Republican, along with its many earned shouts of agreement nation-wide,  has tripped my "thinking wire" several times in the last year. I will advocate for neither Trump nor Hillary (I am on neither side because neither candidate is on my side, dear … Continue reading What if America was Never “Great?”