Adam Hamilton’s book Creed repeatedly affirms that belief is a choice, but for him it appears to be a stab in the dark, a matter of the will, not the mind.
I’ve been writing about the question of “keeping the cookies on the lower shelf” in Sunday morning sermons. Here are some ways you (as pastor) or your church can raise the level of discussion, and build discipleship of the mind, without leaving any listeners behind: Ask, “Who would have a problem with this biblical message, […]
We’re teetering on the edge of persecution, near a tipping point. It might never happen, but on the other hand it could start at any moment. Is your church ready? At Any Moment… Historian Michael Kruger says that in the second century, persecution was often regional, rather than empire-wide. Persecution could hit you without affecting […]
Apologetics is about being argumentative, right? That’s the reputation. The reality can and should be very different. Jonathan McLatchie demonstrates the real effect of knowing apologetics in this 10 minute video exchange with atheistDouglas Letkeman. Watch and observe: Watch how easily he answers. He doesn’t say more than necessary, because this is an artificial “intervention” […]
“I try to keep the cookies on the lower shelf.” I keep hearing pastors saying that. It bothers me. Oh, I get it to a certain extent …
Adam Hamilton’s reasons for belief in God, as presented in the first chapter of his book Creed, are inexcusably unaware, inexcusably thin.
From The Stream: Ken Burrows, writing for the very secular site TheHumanist, wants to warn us of dangers lurking in the proposed Sanctity of Human Life Act. He thinks the bill, cosponsored by 31 Congressional Republicans, is “astonishingly sweeping” and “harmful.” He tries hard to explain why we should be alarmed — give him credit for that — […]
This entry is part 1 of 3 in the series Adam Hamilton’s “Creed” Adam Hamilton pastors the largest mainline Protestant megachurch in America, the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City. His recently released book Creed: What Christians Believe and Why is a fascinating blend of great truth and significant error. It’s a […]
From The Stream: Does it feel strange to find Christianity under attack the way it is these days? We see history changing before our eyes, and it doesn’t look good. Take heart: We’re in good company. Historian Michael Kruger tells us Christians in the second century were regarded as haters and as intellectually lightweight. I’d […]