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The Man-Centered Gospel of the Gospel Coalition & T4G

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I have been fairly quiet about the nonsensical remaking of the gospel that has taken place in my theological ghetto called the reformed world. While some Reformed theologians would have you believe that Bishop T.D. Jakes is one of the biggest threats to biblical Christianity, I believe one of the biggest threats is in fact a home-grown bushel of bullstinky I dis-affectionately call “The Man-Centered Gospel.”

Birthed partially out of a need to respond to the “evangelical feminism” or egalitarian folks from the likes of the CBE, Reformed folks like John Piper, Wayne Grudem, Mark Driscoll, and whoever else you can spot on a T4G or Gospel Coalition website have gone out of their way to make it very clear that men alone are called to lead both in the home and in the church.

Somehow, these well-meaning gentlemen, men whose love for Jesus is unquestioned (at least in my book), have wrapped complementarianism around the Cross and called it “the gospel”.

Should one’s support or opposition to complementarian or even egalitarian perspectives so mute the gospel of grace in and through Jesus Christ that they–and not the finished work of God the Son–be the standard by which we judge whether a Christian is “undermining the gospel” by not adhering to it?

I hope not.

Bottom line: anything sitting on the throne that ain’t Jesus doesn’t belong there. I contend that ministries like T4G and the GC have made an idol out of their own manhood to the extent that their gospel is as man-centered and graceless as any legalistic ministry one could think of.

Just a thought….

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January 29, 2012 at 1:32 am

The Jonah Syndrome in the Church

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A forever friend of mine made a most profound statement to me regarding the salvation of a friend who was not very popular in the community. She stated that the church failed him because it failed to demonstrate the grace and gospel Jesus did. “The church is more like Jonah than he [the friend] was.”

Ouch.

Is it true? Does the Church of Jesus Christ have the Jonah Syndrome?

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June 6, 2010 at 10:14 pm

Dawkins and the Militant Atheism Crew

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My favorite atheist Richard Dawkins is at it again. In an interview with CNN, Dawkins makes his case for militant atheism rooted in evolution as taught by the apostle of evolution himself Charles Darwin. Having already listened to some excerpts of his latest book, Dawkins’ outrageous (and near laughable) assertions about the absolute truth of evolution. Yet, people like Dawkins make it easier for me to rely on Scripture as God’s revealed word as their posture reflects the scoffers who come, “scoffing and following their own evil desires” (2 Peter 3:3). What do you think? How are thinking Christians (those who actually know the Word and know opponents arguments as well as the opponents know their own) to respond to Dawkins’ posture?

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November 25, 2009 at 3:07 pm

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What Happened?

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As a registered Independent who has no plans to pledge alliegiances to any party, there are several reasons why we have what he have today.

First, out of the box, the GOP got their behinds kicked from sea to shining sea. There are no ifs, ands or buts about it. Let’s be clear.

Reasons:
1. Bush. People who had issues with Bush and his policies, particularly those having to do with Iraq, exacted their revenge on the McCain/Palin ticket. Just as there was a Clinton Backlash that swept President Bush into office in 2000, now ironically there is a Bush Backlash that has done the same for President-elect Obama.

2. The economy. One of the main problems I had with the Bush administration over the years has been a lack of domestic policy. It showed during the economic meltdown, a lot of which has to do with something I don’t believe has a darn thing to do with Bush: the housing drama. Why are we taking out loans we know we can’t afford to buy homes that shatter our budgets? And why do we then complain when forclosure comes? Yes, there was some predatory lending going on but citizens have to take some responsibility too. Whatever President Bush tried was clearly viewed as too little too late.

3. Iraq. Whenever I bring up the rampant dishonesty of this administration regarding the intelligence surrounding WMD and Iraq, my audience wants to bring up the Clinton administration. Hey Pooky, two wrongs don’t make a right. Clinton’s serial dishonesty is no excuse for another administration lying. As respected members of the Bush administration exited and then questioned the ethos of the administration, it could not have helped their cause. It clearly didn’t last night.

Spiritual Issues
1. Judgement. It’s one thing to look at the election from a purely political perspective. I prefer, however, to see all things first and foremostly from a spiritual perspective. Some Christians are asking how God could allow Obama to become president. Well, I’m asking how come some Christians only want to hold all-night prayer meetings every four years. Could it be that we became too comfortable because “our boy” President Bush was in office? Could it be that once again, we have been blinded by the deception the Moral Majority created by believing that a world system (government) could ever replace the kingdom of God? Yep and yep.

2. A smackdown on the Church. We need one. There are plenty of Christians “voting on biblical principles” but I fear a disparity between voting on biblical principles and actually living them.

3. Younger evangelicals part ways with the old guard. I knew it was coming. I could tell the way I’ve seen some evangelicals who are younger than me talking about the need for change. They got it. Now let’s see what impact this shift has on the local church if any.

Closing Remarks
I have a splitting headache as I gear up to revamp this blog and focus on the kingdom agenda as set forth by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I’m ready for the right to speak out on proposals that the incoming administration will have that I will vehemently oppose. But I also have to remind myself and other upset Christian voters who didn’t get their way last night that it is Jesus who we are to look to anyhow.

Last night might finally force some lukewarm Christians to take a stand.

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November 5, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Disconnect

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It appears to me that there is a disconnect between the Christ we evangelicals proclaim and the raggedy lives we live behind closed doors. How innocuous our testimony is in a culture that is slitting its own wrists with perversion and blind permissiveness. One of my dearest “sista from anotha mista” friends on the planets bemoans the lack of “Jesus” in Christians schools. In her estimation, there is virtually no difference between some Christian high schools and the worst public school you can think of.

But that makes perfect sense to me. After all, that sad reality is that there are some churches so Christ-deprived in spirit and in truth that a country club cookout is more likely to be redemptive than such churches.

I wonder what Francis Schaeffer would write if he were alive today.

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September 18, 2008 at 5:08 pm

Evangelical Manifesto

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I just read through the Evangelical Manifesto and was very pleased to see some balance between passion and Christ-centered common sense. I particularly appreciated their understanding of the extremes within the church: revisionistic liberalism and conservative fundamentalism. Even more important was the section dealing with how Christians are supposed to live. Sometimes we’re so busy telling people how to live that we forget we’re supposed to glorify God in our own bodies.

Line of the manifesto: “The way of Jesus, not Constantine”

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May 10, 2008 at 11:22 am

Am I a Culturally Savvy Christian? A Few Thoughts

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I got so excited about Kinnaman and Lyons’ unChristian that I forgot to post some more thoughts on another rim-rocking book that I finished about a month ago.  I posted a few powerful quotes from Dick Staub’s The Culturally Savvy Christian, a book I highly recommend to believers, especially those who are really interested in impacting culture for Christ in a non-cheesy, uncompromising way.

To be honest, I thought this book would suck because the book cover irked me.  But even the cover magnified what really bothered me: the church’s complete baptism in pop cultural references and cheesiness (yes, I’m going to use that word again in this post.).

Staub lays a solid foundation, identifying what our culture looks like and what the current American Christianity looks like.

It ain’t pretty.

As Staub assesses:

It seems fair to say that Jesus would not recognize the message and practices of Christianity-Lite.  When it comes to finding God, in the words of the Beatles, “once there was a way to get back homeward,” but today, the very ones who claim to know the way, the truth, and the life are obscuring the path” (47).

Ouch!

Of all the chapters, I found the chapter “Countering Culture Like Aliens” to be the most powerful.  I have come to accept that there will always be tension between being in and not of the world.  I appreciated Staub’s personal story of the church he grew up in and the Christian subculture that existed there.

I found myself asking, “Am I living a life that merely represents Christian subculture or am I living a counterculture life?

Again, Staub offers:

The ekklesia or koinania (being called out for fellowship) should serve as evidence that people who drink from a deeper well can become deeply well, that broken human spirits can be healed and shattered souls made healthy, that deeply well people can form communities to pursue God in the company of friends (150).

By the time I finished this book, the word “incarnation” was all I could meditate.  Allowing the Living Christ to truly live through us is what people need to experience.  But just as Christ chose to come in human flesh and walk among “us”, so too should our own very lives.  People need to experience Christ in community and relationship.  But first we Christians need to be real enough to live transparent lives  that are permeated by the grace-n-truth-saturated presence of Almighty God.

A culturally savvy Christian who really wants to connect with the lost can’t desire anything less.

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October 20, 2007 at 10:05 pm