Category Archives: Fundamentalism

Do you understand common grace?

How do we remain serious about lines between belief and unbelief (between those who live in the boundaries of saving grace and those who do not), while at the same time showing active appreciation for all that is good, beautiful and outside of those boundaries? Continue reading

Posted in Apologetics, Church Leadership, Common Good, Common grace, Communication, Community, Culture, Culture of Honor, elders in the Church, Emergent Church, Emerging Leaders, Evangelicals, Evangelism, Fundamentalism, Leadership, Local Church, Pastors, Reformed Theology, Walking with God, Wisdom, Witness, Younger Evangelicals | Tagged , , , , , | 1 Comment

Rob Bell and Oprah Winfrey on Homosexuality

How should we receive the words that Bell’s wife reads from his book? “Marriage, gay and straight, is a gift to the world because the world needs more not less. Love, fidelity, commitment, devotion and sacrifice.” Is this an authoritative word for us? On what do they base this moral and social conclusion? Do they respectfully endorse the freedom of others to disagree with them? Continue reading

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Do you have a truncated view of sin?

Truncated: shortened by having a part cut off. I’ve written monthly columns for public newspapers for many years. I had no idea how much this opportunity would discipline me to convey truth to a wide spectrum of readers. I realized early on that I would … Continue reading

Posted in Anthropology, Christian worldview, Cliches, Counseling, Depravity, Doctrine, Evangelicals, Evangelism, Fundamentalism, Hamartiology, Holistic ministry, Human depravity, Human dignity, Imago Dei, Main problem, Origin of Sin, Problem of evil, Reformed Theology, Salvation, Sin, Theology | 1 Comment

Understanding legalism (part 2)

A legalistic attitude will disrupt and divide Christian fellowship. This attitude is vividly pictured in the way the religious leaders looked at Jesus. It makes its way into a church when leaders or individual Christians judge others by their personal … Continue reading

Posted in Abuse, Accountability, Authority, Christian life, Debatable Matters, Difficult people, Discernment, Fundamentalism, Leadership, Legalism, Uncategorized | 7 Comments

Mosque controversy: intolerance roulette

  I like the way Michael Gerson thinks. His piece: “In mosque controversies, some Christians undermine their own faith” is a good example. Although he is not covering all the details regarding the NYC mosque controversy (and much more must … Continue reading

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Relating in Unity When Christians disagree

If God has not specifically addressed a behavior, custom, or activity, it is an area of freedom for believers (also known as a disputable or debatable matter, see: Romans 14:3). In areas of freedom, believers are responsible to make wise … Continue reading

Posted in Debatable Matters, Decision making, Ethics, Fundamentalism, Guidelines for living, Guidelines for marriage decision, Humility, Leadership, Local Church, Unity | 2 Comments

History, fundamentalism and holistic ministry

In the early part of the twentieth century, the movement known today as  fundamentalism began– partially due to the theological shift within mainline denominations. As these denominations moved away from essential doctrines of historic Christianity (e.g. the inspiration of the Bible, … Continue reading

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