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

On Creating a Church that Lasts: Becoming a Generational Community

Rising and falling, church buildings and groups of followers have risen up dynamically in their time only to fall into decline and decay. It is a common story. And it is one which is told across this nation every day. Long ago the church had a vision—to create churches and church communities that lasted. They would be united as one, universal church that would stand the test of time. The Catholic Church. Catholic, or “universal,” Christianity... Read More

Nothing says Jesus Died for You like a Juicy Cheeseburger: Communion, Symbolism, and Literalism

“Eat this in remembrance of me.” With these famous words, Christ ushered into centuries of confusion and debate over the meaning of his cryptic words. Was the bread truly his flesh? Was the wine truly his blood? Much ink, and even much blood, has been spilled over Christ’s claim. The Catholic Church has maintained that Christ spoke literally, claiming that the bread truly is Christ’s flesh in essence. This doctrine, often referred to as transubstantiation,... Read More

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