Category: Contemporary Culture

The State of Discipleship in the Evangelical world

Discipleship is under attack by those who dismiss doctrine as unimportant, and by those who believe that it ends with a certain level of progress in the Christian life. Is discipleship unimportant today? Does one ever outgrow the need for discipleship? These questions are relevant because people believe that discipleship seemingly ends when one reaches a certain level of maturity in Christ. If discipleship ends when one progresses to a certain level of maturity then there is no more need to learn because one has become God. It is precisely this attitude that saps the Church of Jesus Christ from any form of credibility outside the Church today. The other concern related to discipleship is the expressed desire of some to have a conversation about how to redesign the Church at the expense of doctrine. How one defines knowledge demonstrates their view of what discipleship is. The popular approach to knowledge among evangelicals suggests that one never has anything to learn “after” believers “arrive” at a certain place in he/she walk with Christ. Proverbs 1:7 says, “The beginning of knowledge is the fear of the Lord and fools despise wisdom and correction.” No one ever achieves perfect knowledge as every believer even the most “mature” believer only knows in part not in whole. Ultimately only God knows everything, because He knows every hair on every head of every person...

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Burning the Quran, 9/11 and Islam

Like many Americans, I remember where I was on September 11, 2001. A friend and I had spent the night outside in his tent, and his dad had come outside to let us know that the World Trade Center had been hit by an airplane. At first I didn’t believe my friend’s dad, so I ran into the family room to watch the television. The television channel replayed the airplane crashing into the Twin Towers time and time again. I still remember feeling very sad to the point of tears for the loss of life and the destruction those men had done. September 11, 2010 marks the nine year anniversary of the tragic events of September 11th, 2001. September 11th, 2001 is a day that will live in infamy among Americans for as long as America is a country. It is a day every American and even those who aren’t Americans will remember. It is a day a nation was attacked by terrorists and by members of Islam who want nothing more than to destroy this nation. Terrorists have harmed America before the events of September 11th, and they have attempted to attack America on her own soil and those who support her after September 11th. These terrorists claim to be Muslims. President Bush in one of his speeches proclaimed that Islam is a religion of peace. President Obama...

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Revival, the Gospel and Glenn Beck

Recently there was a rally called “Restoring Honor” held in Washington D.C. on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. During the course of the rally one of the speakers called America to return to God. Much discussion is occurring about this rally throughout the blogosphere. It is not my intention in this blog post to enter into the fry and opine on politics or on the legitimacy of the rally but to point out that honor and integrity are not possibly character attributes apart from being explicitly tied to and grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Apart from the framework of the Gospel- calls for “honor and integrity” are calls for a gospel of moralism that already pervades today’s culture. Just to be clear- calls for people to be honorable and act with integrity are important. The part of the rally that was unhelpful was the calling for ecumenical cooperation. This rally gathered religious leaders from several faith traditions on the stage to unite and work together for the common good of our country. The emphasis of this rally was on honor. There were many evangelical Pastors who stood on the stage at the Lincoln Memorial promising to unite with other members from other religions. Earlier I mentioned that this was unhelpful so allow me to qualify and quantify my statement. One of my main concerns with evangelical...

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