Evangelicalism

A Dysfunctional “Lutheran” Pastor

“It is so full of misunderstandings and theological bloopers that one does not know where to begin … I don’t, however, expect a Lutheran pastor to reject this teaching or to misunderstand it in such a spectacular way. In what sense, I wonder, can he still consider himself a Lutheran?” ~ Gene Veith, on Dan Denzell’s un-Lutheran views

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Is the Small-Group Bible Study Helpful?

The goal of Protestant biblical interpretation is truth; the goal of the small group biblical interpretation is participation… There will be many gains in the area of mutual encouragement and social development, but few gains in the area of apprehending properly the biblical revelation. ~ T. David Gordon

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“Heaven Must Be Crying,” Floods, and other Looney Tunes

“In the name of Jesus Christ, I take authority over this weather system and command it to flee!” Jesus is really a homeboy for these people. A man has authority over the storm, but isn’t Baal the storm-god? Is he a Moses or an Elijah who has God-given power over the elements?

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Pacquiao: New-Found Faith or Gullible Victim?

After his loss, what did Pacquiao hear from these shameless hucksters? I’m almost sure that not a few of them told him he lacks faith, and he needs to “give more to the Lord,” so the windows of heaven will pour down more blessings on him.

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“There Is No Male And Female”

One noted pastor has said that God gave Christianity a “masculine feel.” Another contrasted “latte-sipping Cabriolet drivers” with “real men.” Jesus and his buddies were “dudes: heterosexual, win-a-fight, punch-you-in-the-nose dudes.” Real Christian men like Jesus and Paul “are aggressive, assertive, and nonverbal.”

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“Multi-Site Churches Are from the Devil”

the New Testament knows nothing of multi-site congregations, but only of congregations in the fullest sense (led by pastors, elders, and deacons). These congregations are not independent, but they are also not hierarchically governed even by one pastor on-site, but by pastors and elders together. And each of these local churches is accountable not hierarchically to the pastor-bishop of another church, but mutually and covenantally to each other.

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