web analytics

Category: spirituality

They Hyper-Defense of God: Reprise

Yesterday’s post talked about the ‘hyper-defense of God.’  What I wanted to confront was the sort of insistence on giving God credit for things that the place of the individual human, and the Church in particular, has in carrying out God’s plan.  I gave as an illustration the fact that salvation is by grace alone through Christ- ie, accomplished by the power of God- and yet Paul can say elsewhere that he ‘saves’ people.

Yesterday, I wanted to build towards addressing the notion that God expresses his love for us, and we express our love for God, without reference to … continue reading...

The Culture War is Over and We Lost? So… guerrilla warfare…

My ministry will be hosting an online apologetics conference this May with the theme of ‘literary apologetics.’  The general idea is to impact the culture in intentional ways to pave the way for better reception of the Gospel of Christ.  So culture is on my mind.

Something I’ve been pondering for awhile is this:  Is the culture war over?  And did we lose it?

I part company with those who seek to Christianize the culture as though this in itself is a noble goal.  It seems to me that this would in effect merely make our culture a ‘white washed … continue reading...

Reflections on culture, evangelism, and apologetics

I’ve been thinking about the culture wars lately.  I have a real problem with Christians who seem to be driving for a change in the culture just for the sake of having a ‘holy’ culture.  I think we’d have to call that a legalistic culture.  I believe that the Christian church should be about something more than creating white-washed tombs.

On the other hand, the nature of ‘culture’ is that it perpetuates itself, feeds itself, fuels itself.   The culture is the air we breathe and the water in which we swim.  It has the ability to mold us into its … continue reading...

Number One Thing Killing the Church: Lovelessness

Below is a 20 minute clip from a presentation I delivered in Michigan this last October titled “Five Things Killing Christianity.”  This is the segment describing the number one reason I believe is harming the church and the main reason it is in decline in America.

Direct Link: http://www.apologeticsvideos.net/videos/62/killing-christianity-lovelessness

continue reading...

Atheism as ‘Gateway Drug’ to Drifting Away

As of this writing, I am facilitating a course/discussion regarding the decline of Christianity in America.  Someone made a point in the discussion that is similar to one I’ve made previously… but I can’t find where I made it so I’m making it anew.  🙂

The question begins with a look at the measured increase in self-identified ‘religious nones’ in America since around 1990.  (This data can be found linked to here.)  In 1990, some 8% of Americans identified themselves as having no religion.  Today, that figure has doubled.  In the meantime, there has been a drop in … continue reading...

Five Things Killing Christianity: Is the End of Christianity At Hand?

Because of continued interest in my analysis of trends in the Christian church, I have set aside a separate website for managing that perspective.  The new website is called, appropriately, “The Death of Christianity.”   Or, www.deathofchristianity.com.  Today’s post addresses the topic of a presentation that I will be delivering at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Macomb, Mi, on Wednesday, Oct. 21st.  The topic is:  “Five Things that are Killing Christianity.”

What follows is an overview and should not be construed as my definitive statement on the subject and deals only with number one on the list.

The … continue reading...

The Christian and his God Appointed Sphere of Influence

I had a series in mind about freedom, government, taxation, and Christianity but discussion over the first of those entries has led me to take a detour and cover some preliminary ground.  The original post was titled ‘The Christian Church shouldn’t use the Government to do THEIR good deeds.’  I posted it to my blog but it received attention and criticism on my facebook page.

I drew some flak even from conservative Christians who ostensibly abide by ‘limited government.’  It appeared to me that there is some important ground that needs to be covered.  The following is … continue reading...

Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge and PZ Myers

Here is a short story I wrote inspired by the comments in this thread on PZ Myer’s blog.  Enjoy!

=======

Adam and Eve and the Tree of Knowledge of Knowledge

“I got here as fast as I could!” gasped the old man.  He put one hand on the hood of the squad car and bent over as he tried to catch his breath.

The annoyed chief stared at the man waiting for him to explain who he was because the chief didn’t recognize him at all.  At last, the balding and sweating gentlemen stood erect and stared back at the … continue reading...

Obama and the National Day of Prayer

Some Christians I’ve read have been disappointed by the fact that Obama didn’t do anything for the National Day of Prayer.  I don’t know why.  This is who Obama is.  He has given us no reason to think he is otherwise.  I’m glad that he didn’t continue the illusion in some minds (more accurately, self-delusion) by honoring an event he actually cares little about.  This is who Obama is.   Aren’t you paying attention?  Didn’t you read anything?  Didn’t you perform any investigation of your own?  Good grief.

Obama said he will pray in private.   You betcha.  5 times a … continue reading...

Should Churches Adopt a No Child Left Behind Approach?

The statistics have been coming in fast and furious that Christianity is in rapid decline in America.  Barna continues to warn us.  Another recent report indicates that Christianity has dropped off 10% in 15 years.  Two years ago I made the controversial claim that the Church was creating atheists.  I am not so sure this is controversial anymore.

Obviously, the Church is still making an awful lot of Christians.  This can lead leaders and thinkers in the church to conclude that the problem is that Americans are just reacting the way the Bible said people would react to … continue reading...

The Forgotten Doctrine: Love

A recent commentator posted something from the Internet Monk and on a whim I thought I would check his website.  He has an article up from 2002 taking the Church (in particular the Evangelical brand) to task for a variety of things, essentially following up on a survey which listed Evangelicals as a group hated in American culture.   I agree with much of what the Monk says.  I usually do, with a few exceptions here and there.  I would concur with much of the article I posted above.

What the article does not address is what I perceive to be … continue reading...

Study: Religion in Decline. What do we do about it?

In my local newspaper the following article appeared documenting the rising number of unreligious people in the country and the growing defection from the ranks of the Christian denominations.

Here is a lengthy quote:

The percentage of people who do not claim a religious identity has nearly doubled since 1990, growing to 15% of Americans last year, researchers with the American Religious Identification Survey found.

Mainline Christian denominations, once bulwarks of the religious landscape, have suffered most from the drift.

Methodists, Lutherans and Episcopalians are among the denominations that have seen their ranks decline.

Although 86% of Americans identified as … continue reading...

Christianese and Shibboleths as Roadblocks to Faith and Brotherhood

Here is an excerpt of a blog entry I posted at the ChristianPost.  It was probably a good time to poke the boys at Godisimaginary.com in the ribs, anyway.  I know, cheap thrills.

In Judges 12, the Gileadites find a way to distinguish between friend and foe by compelling captured refugees to say the word ‘Shibboleth.’  Evidently, Ephraimites couldn’t pronounce it correctly, saying instead ‘Sibboleth.’  Those that said that latter were struck down while those who said the former were allowed to pass.

‘Shibboleths’ abound in society, including among Christians.  Unfortunately, even among Christians, a Shibboleth isn’t simply a quick … continue reading...

Review of Keysor’s Hitler, Holocaust, and Bible

  • Hitler, the Holocaust, and the Bible: A Scriptural Analysis of Anti-Semitism, National Socialism, and the Churches in Nazi Germany
  • Author: Joe Keysor
  • Release Date: Hitler’s Birthday, April 20th, 2009.
  • ISBN: 978-9822776-0-7
  • Pages: 404
  • Amazon Link: Buy on Amazon
  • Order from Publisher: Click Here
  • Webpage: http://hitlerandchristianity.com/

Full Disclosure:  it is my ministry’s publishing company that is releasing this book.


Due out on Hitler’s birthday (April 20th, 2009), Joe Keysor’s book, Hitler, the Holocaust, and the Bible: A Scriptural Analysis of Anti-Semitism, National Socialism, and the Churches in Nazi Germany is an important book counteracting the growing clamor that Christianity
continue reading...