Zoom church—and its frustrations—during the pandemic has highlighted a long-growing problem: Bible illiteracy.
— Read on hebraicthought.org/zoom-church-pandemic-revealed-bible-illiteracy/
I’m not a pastor, but I have seen the same pattern. What do you think?
How about educating yourself today? Here is a pretty decent presentation of what “evangelical” really means, without all the trappings of media misunderstanding and the beliefs of individuals and groups. And save the article so you can show it to people who think they know what evangelicals are.
As for me, I am often seen as a heretic because I do not believe in young earth creationism, the rapture, and even in the inerrancy of the Bible as often (mis)understood. I’m not a heretic. I’m just an evangelical with some beliefs that are different than many of those around me.
I would that you all were as I am. This is from me, not the Lord.
Evangelical Christianity: A Guide for the Perplexed | Roger E. Olson:
Some evangelical Christians add to these evangelical essentials doctrines such as “the rapture” and “the inerrancy of the Bible,” and “young earth creation.” These tend to be evangelicals who either were or are self-identified “fundamentalists.” Fundamentalists are normally (with some exceptions) part of the world wide evangelical movement, but many evangelical Christians are not historically, spiritually, or theologically fundamentalists. The American evangelical movement split apart in the 1940s – between fundamentalists and “neo-evangelicals.” Beginning in the 1970s many leading fundamentalists such as Jerry Falwell began to call themselves simply evangelicals and have for the past approximately forty years done their best to capture the evangelical “flag” for themselves and deny the authentic “evangelicalness” of non-fundamentalist evangelicals.
On the Edge with Stress | David Rupert:
Every single day in my news feed, I see a headline or a video of someone losing it at a fast-food restaurant, at a big box store, or just standing in line. The number of people on the edge is staggering. Admittedly, I have found myself peering on the other side at times, teetering on my own uncertainty.
The Biblical Basis for the Ordination of Women in the Wesleyan Tradition | Catalyst Resources:
[W]hen we are privileged to witness the ordination of a woman by the church, we should remember that we are standing in a heritage that reaches back in history to the New Testament and Jesus’s own ministry on this earth. This woman stands in unison with many others who have ministered before us, including the women at Jesus’s vacated tomb, in amazement at being called and commanded to go and announce the good news of his resurrection.
On Being Christian in Our Strange Secular, Neo-Pagan Society – Juicy Ecumenism:
These observations are worth mentioning and pondering only because they are helpful for the church in setting its sights on its mission field in the era of post-Christendom. The world Christians face is one which both does not believe and also believes too much. That is, it does not believe in the reality of the living God nor in the redemption of the Son of God, but it does believe in some of the virtues which faith in God and in his Son deposited in Western culture and, alas, does not understand that these virtues cannot be rightly understood nor realized without faith in God and in his Son.
Will there be Formula 1 racing in heaven?
Yes, but you won’t observe it, you will participate in it.
Four Tips for Reading the Book of Revelation (Guest: Dr. David deSilva) | Nijay Gupta:
[D]on’t be afraid of Revelation. More especially, don’t allow some of the wackier uses to which Revelation has been and is being put out there make you avoid the book itself.
I’ve been raised as a Christian, and I’ve always had a soft spot for the poor and their needs.
And I’ve been reading Ecclesiastes, which leads us into enjoying the fruits of our labor, without conspicuous consumption, of course.
It’s easy to have guilt feelings about having plenty when others are in need.
On the other hand, more than one-third of my income goes to the government and to the church, some of which should be used to help meet the needs of the poor.
How to think about it, Christianly?
An Open Letter to my SBC Sisters and Brothers – Missio Alliance:
I know you have placed various stakes in the ground over the years regarding points of doctrine and ecclesiology, but I implore you to think prayerfully about your enemies, your true enemies. Be mindful of the enemies that threaten your missional movement, autonomous local churches bound together by a missional call to know Christ and to make him known throughout North America and around the world.
And now here is the hard thing I need to say to you.
Your true enemies are not “wokism,” Arminianism, Pentecostalism, egalitarianism, or transgenderism.
‘Rules vs. a Relationship with God’ is a False Dichotomy | The Biblical Mind:
The biblical storyline teaches that rules are inseparable from relationships, even in the seminal story of humans alone with God. Expectations are part of the creation story that God calls “very good” and before the serpent enters.