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The Last Accepted Prejudice: Anti-Catholicism

Edmund Burke, the Irish philosopher and politician, penned these words: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke, the Irish philosopher and politician, penned these words: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. Burke's words are just as prevalent today as they were in the 18th century. I am one of the lucky kids, my parents raised me to be respectful of all faiths. I was encouraged to learn about Judaism. When a friend asked me to attend Mass my parents encouraged it; as a journalist, I went to a mosque after 9/11 and have worshipped in an Amish congregation and have written about the Ba'Hai faith. I have experienced learning about various people and their cultures. Today, however, I am seeing America's last accepted prejudice rear it's ugly head. 
With news of the death of Kobe Bryant, came loads of questions about a his faith. Bryant, a devout Catholic supposedlyatten…
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UPDATE: Regarding the Christian Centrist Post

I want to clear up something with my last post. One of the things that a lot of people have stated is that I have confused them. The last post elicited many text messages, private messages, even a phone call from my own pastor.

I stand by my definition of a "Christian Centrist" in that they are theologically orthodox, typically labeled moderate to conservative somewhere on the spectrum between fundamentalism and liberalism. They hold a high view of Scripture, the work of Christ (incarnation, substitutionary death/atonement and resurrection), salvation through Christ alone and God's redemptive mission. 

Several people have commented that I was wrong to use "the contra of liberalism is fundamentalism." So let's put in the current language of the church "they are on the spectrum between fundamentalism and progressivism." 

However, I know what you are thinking what made you write what you did? I have spent a few months speaking with friends on both sides…

Notes from a Christian Centrist

UPDATE: There will be an updated post explaining where this blog post is coming from. I have been told that this is a confusing post--and I feel that it needs some explanation and to where it's coming from. 

I am neither progressive not traditionalist. I am a Centrist—a Christian Centrist. I have come to the conclusion however, that we don’t have a good working definition of Christian Centrist. I’d like to offer one here:

Being centrist must not be confused with taking the middle road between fundamentalism and liberalism. It embraces the truth in both camps and negates the untruth in these positions as well. Being a centrist evangelical means building upon the center or core of faith--the gospel of God's reconciling act in Jesus Christ attested in Holy Scripture and clarified by the fathers and teachers of the faith through the ages.
Theologically, the centrist is orthodox, typically labeled moderate to conservative somewhere on the spectrum between fundamentalism and liberalis…

40 Questions about Heave and Hell

I am not sure why my first review of 40 Questions about Heaven and Hell didn't post. However, here is my review.

I have always been fascinated by eschatology and love to think about what Heaven and Hell would be like. I have always found it hard to explain however, these concepts to people. Not to mention that many Christians have non Christian views of heaven and hell.

This book is part of the Kregel Publishing 40 questions series. The book is a great addition to the series.

The author of this book, Alan Gomes is straightforward and solemn with the topic at hand. The book is so well written I kept thinking that I wish we had read the book in seminary. After reading 40 Questions I felt that I was more up to speed on a topic that many find as fascinating as I do.

After I read it, I let a non-Christian friend borrow it; the book has opened a door for us as we both are enjoying a long discussion on the topics within the book.

If you are looking to brush up on questions about heaven an…

Well Jesus Called People Names...

It is rare that I try to tell conservative Christians how they should treat people, but today I had my fill when someone posted in a Wesleyan Covenant Association (WCA) group a blog post calling the LGBTQIA+ the name “Rainbow Mafia.” Just as I always encourage my progressive friends to not name call, I merely pointed it out that we don’t need to call people names, immediately I was given the weakest argument anyone could come up with “Well Jesus called people names!” I call it a weak argument because Jesus was God incarnate. In calling these religious leaders all these names, the Lord Jesus did not react in anger or malice toward these opposers. Instead, He declared their true character in hopes that they would come face-to-face with the Truth about themselves and repent.
When discussing the split of the United Methodist Church, what does it tell the world when Christians will call people names instead of engage in thoughtful discussion? What these Christians want to deny is that our v…

7 THINGS THAT “FAITH INTERRUPTED” SAYS ISN’T IN THE BIBLE, BUT IT REALLY IS…

**Originally posted on my first religious blog; I ran across it tonight. I wrote this right after I graduated from Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary; a year before I joined the UMC**
Normally I don’t post rebuttals to people’s opinions. Proverbs 18:2 states “A fool takes no pleasure in understanding, but only in expressing his opinion.” However, I think that people need to realize that we are told not to lean on our own beliefs (our own understanding) but rather that we are to lean upon Christ and the understanding that flowed down from Heaven. A friend of mine shared an article about seven things Christians believe are in the Bible, but are not. She cited that her aunt is a graduate of a seminary and her uncle an ordained minister. However, being a graduate of a seminary doesn’t mean that your beliefs are right and neither does being an ordained minister. Tonight I am going to prove that these seven things are in the Bible. Why is this important I hear you say? Because a…

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