Indoctrination is the process of teaching a person or group to accept a set of beliefs uncritically. Indoctrination is being taught what to think, whereas critical thinking is being taught how to think. It is my contention that our society, as a whole, doesn’t teach the latter at all. In fact, it’s tacitly forbidden. Continue reading
If you’ve been following my blog for awhile you know that I can be somewhat of an iconoclast with regard to popular evangelical teachings. I love my evangelical heritage, embrace it fully, so I don’t do this just to stir things up. I do so because I believe that too many of our doctrines actually do damage to our understanding of God and of ourselves. And I’m not alone in this assessment. So, it is in this light that I want to share a recent video from John Crowder. Continue reading
I don’t believe you can have an encounter with Jesus and not be fundamentally changed—without becoming more loving, gracious, patient, kind, self-giving, understanding, faithful…. On the other hand, when people tell me they know Christ but remain ungracious, hateful, unforgiving, vindictive, factious…I know they’re lying (to themselves, probably). Continue reading
While there are a lot of helpful things we can do online as members of Jesus’ Church, it can never be the local church. I personally love writing and blogging, but make no mistake about it, nothing can replace actual human contact. Technology is great for processing and sharing information, but it’s terrible at making real human connections. Continue reading
I saw this video (below) posted by Wanda at SmartChristian.net that briefly describes the positive influence Christianity has had on the world. I believe that having a good understanding of history is important, so I thought it would be good to post it here, too. I will also review some of my own thoughts on the subject and share what others a lot smarter than me have to say about it. Continue reading
Jesus didn’t come to change God’s mind about us; He came to change our mind about God.
21 And you, who once were alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now He has reconciled (Col.1:21 NKJV)
One thing that seems evident to me is that we naturally hate grace more than just about anything else. This strange inclination is rather ironic since salvation is totally based on God’s grace. In order to keep people in line we make up doctrines that mitigate against this scandalous, yet transforming grace. After all, people should only get what they deserve (tongue firmly in cheek here). Continue reading