Wednesday, February 29, 2012

On Evangelism as Coercion or "Love God...OR ELSE"

I've been struggling quite a bit with what it means to be an "evangelical" lately, or more importantly, what  evangelism even means. So, I decided to write a post (or seven, or thirty-seven, I haven't quite figured that part out yet) on my trying to figure it out.  I thought it might be helpful first to look at what evangelism it not. So, here goes.

Evangelism is NOT coercion.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

On Tension, and What it Means to Me

I've been asked why I named this blog as I did, so I thought this would be a fitting place to address this question.

Here goes.

Tension. [ten-shuh'n] From the Latin tensio - a stretching.
   
   Noun

  1. The act of stretching or straining
  2. The state of being stretched or strained 
  3. Mental or emotional strain; intense, suppressed suspense, anxiety or excitement
  4. A strained relationship between individuals, groups, nations, etc
   Verb

  1. To subject (a cable, belt, tendon or the like) to tension, especially for a specific purpose

Friday, February 24, 2012

On My Tryst w/ Neo-Reformed Theology, or "It's not you, it's me"

{Admin note: This is not an attack in any way, it's just my thought process/experience}

I'll admit, when I was in the process of re-examining everything I believed, I flirted with the neo-reformed movement.  I think what appealed to me most was the certainty so many of them had. They were so sure, and so grateful for the Grace they'd received.

I envied it.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

On Babies, Bathwater, and Getting Past A Rigid Evangelical Identity (A Lent Post)

The more I reflect on my formative years in an evangelical, pentecostal church in the heart of the corn belt, the more it seems like that particular flavor of evangelicalism suffers from the legacy of early Protestantism's penchant for disposing of the baby along with the bathwater.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

On Love Winning (By Standing With the Hated and Loving the Haters)

It's late, I'm tired, and pretty out of it, but it has been too long since I've written and my folks are coming for a visit tomorrow, so I know if I don't knock this out now, it will never happen, so here goes:

I went to the same church for the first 18 years of my life, and there was one overriding theme that seemed to run through every sermon & every Bible study.

And it wasn't the Gospel.
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