Taking the “Protest” out of “Protestant”: The Protesting and Reforming Spirit Within

Image by Efrén Guerrero While there are certainly many negatives to the forms of Protestant Christianity, some lasting and important tendencies also emerge. In one sense, Protestants harbor a spirit of rebellion at the core of their theological outlook. Considering its’ birth, there is little question that the protesting spirit against authority and doctrinal conformity is well attested within these local church organizations. And certainly this... Read More

Are You More Like Christ or the Pharisee? Thoughts on Pride, Arrogance, and Christian Isolationism

Image by Nicholas Tan With phylacteries flailing and a palpable pride in religious righteousness, the Pharisees believed and behaved as the brokers of God. These elite had it all together. They knew the right words, secret hand-shakes, and religious culture of the inner-circle of God. What’s more, these people believed their squeaky clean lives made them closer to God while the vulgar masses on the street, the broken, crippled, adulteress, tax-collecting... Read More

The Spirit of the Pharisees in and Among Us: The Ordering of Greater and Lesser Sinners

Image by Eddie Moy We like to stack and sort, ordering things into categories that make sense. We create hierarchies of lesser and greater values of everything—of people, places, jobs, and sin. The guy working at the corner McDonalds shoveling fries into oversized containers downtown in the ghetto uses all he has to get his next fix. But just uptown in the north end of this same city, a middle-aged man living in his middle-class home with his wife,... Read More

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