Mar 28 2008

Guilt By Association

You know the game. Bob has lunch with Fred. Fred has lunch with John. John is a crook. So Bob and Fred must be crooks, too. Or how about this one: Sue believes that the world is flat; Alice hangs out with Sue; so Alice must believe that the world is flat, too. And finally there’s this version of the game: Remember John the crook? John believes abortion is wrong. If you believe abortion is wrong just like John, you must be a crook just like John.
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Feb 21 2008

More Meaty Music, Please

Many churches are now adding or completely changing over to “contemporary” worship services. These shows, which resemble multimedia rock concerts, have become part of the “music wars” going on both in the Lord’s church and the religious world at large.

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May 23 2004

Why We May Have Already Won the Music Wars

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The CCM Bandwagon

Conservatism, by definition, is slow to change. In fact, conservatives are downright stick-in-the-muds when it comes to certain core beliefs and, in my view, rightly so. Liberals, on the other hand, tend to value change as the summum bonum—the Supreme Good. The change they seek rarely comes from a fresh, critical analysis of where the religious world might be going wrong with respect to God’s word. Instead, it’s all about keeping up with the Pastor Joneses. The latest fad down the road becomes the Next Big Thing, with the Community Church movement being but the latest example.

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Sep 9 2003

Locked into Locke?

Critics allege that the traditional, “mainstream” Church of Christ relies too heavily on a system of interpretation inspired by John Locke (1632-1704). This love of the great English thinker goes all the way back to Thomas and Alexander Campbell and the early days of the Restoration Movement. Although contemporary Christians may not be aware of these philosophical underpinnings, the Campbells’ enthusiasm for Locke is supposed to have had both a profound and negative effect on how we interpret Scripture today.
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