Scripture Reflection – Romans 13:1-2

“Let everyone submit to the governing authorities, since there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are instituted by God. So then, the one who resists the authority is opposing God’s command, and those who oppose it will bring judgment on themselves.” Romans 13:1-2 This is the difficulty. Both sides of […]

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Book Review: The Triumph of Christianity

Stark, Rodney. The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion. HarperOne, 2011. Kindle edition.  In The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion, Rodney Stark seeks to revise various misconceptions about the “Jesus movement” from it’s inception in first century Rome to the current state of Christianity around the world. Writing […]

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How to Read Anything That talks about What Has Already Happened

I’m reading Rodney Stark’s Triumph of Christianity in which he argues that one of the worst things that happened to Christianity was Constantine’s legacy of a “rich, powerful, and intolerant church” which suppressed religious competition (Stark, 182). It was not until the Reformation came along in the 16th century and “undid much of Constantine’s harm […]

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Book Review: Disappearing Church

Sayers, Mark. Disappearing Church: From Cultural Relevance to Gospel Resilience. Moody Publishers, 2016. In Disappearing Church: From Cultural Relevance to Gospel Resilience, Sayers seeks to show that the “Western church’s favored strategy of cultural relevance” will not hold up in the “Third Culture” of post-Christianity and must be replaced by strategies that promote resilient gospel-centered, orthodox faith (14).  In […]

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Book Review: War and Peace, “Second Epilogue…”

Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace, “Second Epilogue: A General Discussion on the Historian’s Study of Human Life, and on the difficulty of Defining the Forces that Move Nations. The Problem of Free Will and Necessity” (Norton Critical Edition, 1867).  In the second epilogue to War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy argues that describing the “life of nations,” otherwise […]

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Recommended Article: Andy Crouch

We are inundated with news…much of it bad. It is easy to take news for granted, but a little reflection on the nature of news and its profitable place in our lives is good. Author and culture commentator Andy Crouch offers the compelling argument that what we need is less news, not more. He then provides practical guidelines to discern […]

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Podcast Recommendation: Albert Mohler

The Briefing with Albert Mohler This June 24, 2020 podcast discusses: PART 1:  How Should Christians Understand Structural Sin and Systemic Racism? PART 2:  What Is Liberation Theology? The Definition of Sin Is at Stake PART 3:  What Should the Christian Response Be to Systemic Racism?

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