The Collapse Of Evangelical Leadership Was Inevitable, But Its Resurrection Isn’t

American evangelicalism is declining in numbers, influence and credibility. Those evangelical leaders who are dissatisfied with its current direction face a choice: Whether to stay on the "E" train and attempt to change the direction, or to simply leave it. Gregory Boyd was among the rare voices within traditionally conservative evangelicalism to show any distinctive …

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Q & A: Women and LGBTQ+ Leading Churches

Recently on an online, Christian community (the Unchurching.com Facebook page), I posted the following statement: When false, institutional positions/titles are removed from the Body, suddenly women can exercise pastoral gifting freely, as the Spirit leads. Imagine that! The responses to this statement were mostly affirming, and a few others posed very good follow-up questions. The …

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Authoritarian Christianity, or, what Franklin Graham Really Means when he Equates Progressivism with Godlessness – Not Your Mission Field

Authoritarian Christianity, or, what Franklin Graham Really Means when he Equates Progressivism with Godlessness – Not Your Mission Field — Read on chrisstroop.com/2018/05/30/authoritarian-christianity-or-what-franklin-graham-really-means-when-he-equates-progressivism-with-godlessness/amp/

“Preacher” and “Preaching”: Some Lexical Observations | Craig A. Evans

[For the full, published article with its excellent compilation of the subject's biblical and usage data, see HERE (JETS)] Response to Article: I am enthused to learn that monologues by “bishops” did not become the mode for Christian meetings until the 4th Century A.D.. Until then, believers just communed in prayer together, ate together, worshipped …

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Reimagining Church by Frank Viola

In January 2008, Pagan Christianity by Frank Viola and George Barna rocked the Christian world. Yet it was only the first half of the argument. It was never meant to be a stand-alone book. In August 2008, Reimagining Church by Frank Viola author was released, which begins to present the second half of the argument. …

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INSURGENCE by Frank Viola – The Gospel of the Kingdom

In today’s politically charged era, Christians on the progressive left as well as the conservative right both equate their particular viewpoints with the kingdom of God. Viola dismantles these perspectives, offering a fresh and revolutionary look at the radical gospel of the kingdom. With gripping power, he challenges Christians to reclaim the lost kingdom message …

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Did Christ Call Us to be Moral Guardians? – Greg Boyd – ReKnew

Whenever Christians try to enforce their doctrines or morals on others, the result has usually been at least as bad as any non-Christian version of the kingdom of this world. Even more concerning, it’s been far more damaging to the kingdom of God than any other version of the kingdom of the world. There’s no …

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The Early Church and Military Service | Jesus Creed

...Tertullian, for instance, wrote an entire treatise forbidding military service among Christians (The Crown) and such sentiment is found throughout his other writings (On Idolatry). Origen too condemned military service whenever he addressed the subject. And Lactantius agreed: “A just man may not be a soldier” (Divine Institutes, 6.20). Now again, there were Christians in …

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Can People Really Change?

The short answer to the question, "Can people really change?," is: most people can change, and some people won't; but some people can't. But, that short of an answer raises questions like why and how. Why can some people not change? When people change, how does change occur in them? The Nature of Change Change …

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What Does the Bible Say About Tattoos? – Biblical Archaeology Society

"Although Leviticus 19:28 clearly prohibits tattoos, it does not give an explicit reason why. This begs the question: Why does the [Old Testament] prohibit tattoos [for ancient Israelites]?" — Read on http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/hebrew-bible/what-does-the-bible-say-about-tattoos/