You point out the problem with shallow theology. I just couldn't "bite into" Lucado's writings in the last few decades and couldn't articulate the reason. Your article explains my reticence.
Tolerance of injustice by withholding power, as Christ did with his accusers, is different from suffering abuse helplessly. This kind of shallow understanding have resulted in our observation of Christian spouses (usually the wives) suffering abuse and neglect in their marriages thinking they are being obedient to the Bible.
There are times for restraint even when we can defend ourselves, as in going the extra mile or turning the other…
Max didn’t dwell on how the woman’s financial circumstances forced her into an abusive situation and left her no other options. He didn’t consider the mental and emotional toll of such a life or how her faithfulness helped her navigate that challenge, much less the role church might play in social justice.
Good illustration of free will and will of God. Thanks for writing this parable. I agree that there are just three options: A robot incapable or independent thoughts, a slave in fearful servitude, or a free-will person capable of rebellion and obedience. We're learning daily to follow the loving Potter's voice, stumbling and fumbling and sometimes willfully so. But God is greater than all our mistakes and sins and God has shown us that through the resurrected Christ. Thanks again.
“Lord, please strengthen and protect the wise who are obedient to you and frustrate and confuse the foolish who are disobedient to you.”
I believe God answers prayers. And I believe we can all be united through this simple prayer, whichever side of the bickering and divisiveness that has engulfed North America we fall in.
This prayer is powerful when we include ourselves in this prayer. This way, we are not praying for or against anyone specific. …
God is surprisingly kinder and gentler than most theologians have been telling us
Why does this happen? Is God punishing me for something I’ve done? When something unpleasant or tragic happens to us, we often ask similar questions.
If you have this tendency, you’re not alone. Have you ever wondered why?
People tend to think of God first as a Judge. They may not consciously realize it but the judge-first view of God is almost universal.
Many people blame God for natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis. Even insurance companies try to exempt from coverage for “acts of God”…
We felt lost when we had to leave our home church of over thirty years. I was under-employed then and I found a nice job in a city 300 miles away. Our church was the only one we had called home up to that point since we became Christians in the late-1970’s.
Moving for a job, however, was not the only reason we needed a new church.
We were long-term members of a conservative Evangelical church and our gay son came out shortly before I got the job. I was on the church board as an elder after having been…
It’s simple to powerfully influence others, although it’s not easy. And most of us have been going about it the wrong way.
As a DEvangelical—a fundamental Evangelicalism survivor—I remember how I used to cheer on the “Silent Majority”, the beginning of the American Evangelicals’ attempt in my generation to bring their version of biblical morals back into the society through political power. It was driven by the fear of the degeneration of the US from a Christian country to paganism. …
The terms “Exvangelical” and “Devangelical” have been appearing increasingly often these last few years, representing Christians who have decided to stop identifying with Evangelicals, especially the American version of it. Many Christians — millions apparently — find it difficult to continue associating with Evangelicals who support using politics and power to implement their own set of religious agenda.
Having been a Christian — a Christ follower — since 1978 and submersed in Evangelicalism until the turn of the Century, I am saddened to observe that some Devanglicals also stop identifying themselves with Christianity. …
I don’t know what to call myself anymore other than as a Christ follower. Having been “born again” into the fundamental Evangelical tradition in 1978, my wife and I have been following Christ. It’s been an up-and-down journey but mostly we’ve been deepening our faith in God through the grace of Christ.
My first faith crisis came when I started working for an inter-denominational Christian relief organization in 2001. I got to know Christians who were Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans, and other branches of the Christian faith. Up to that point, I had been taught to sneer at for the “impure”…
A Christ follower since 1978. Now a “DEvangelical” liberated from the narrow, judgmental, and exclusivist culture. Promotes a Parent-first view of God.