By Bruce Gourley One might wonder about the problem some Christians seem to have with Jesus. An affirmation that Jesus is the “criterion by which the Bible is to be interpreted” was removed from a Southern Baptist doctrinal statement with the assent of Fundamentalist leadership. Why is Jesus not a suitable lens through which to … Continue reading Did Jesus Have a Worldview, and Does it Matter Today?
Regarding your recent assertion that the "progressive" label is code for "someone who doesn't' believe in God"... I am not a theological moderate and social progressive in spite of my faith in Christ, Rev. Graham. I am these things precisely because of Him. Pastor Tony Campolo recently posted this statement to social media: "I'm often … Continue reading Dear Franklin Graham…
"Lack of repentance is the root cause of powerlessness in the church in this materialistic, self-indulgent age. There can be no spiritual power in a non-repentant church." I came across this quote attributed to Dietrich Bonhoeffer while perusing the internet today. I don't know if Bonhoeffer actually said this or not, but it is a … Continue reading Repentance is for Christians, too
The problem with prophets, true prophets - from Moses, Amos, and Jesus to Martin Luther, MLK, and Shane Claiborne - is the Church has sought throughout history to undermine, brush off, and quieten them. While I can't be there in person, my heart and prayers are with those gathering in Lynchburg, Va. this weekend seeking … Continue reading #LynchburgRevival
The evangelical church in America has gone to great lengths over the last several decades to protect the unborn in the name of promoting the "sanctity of life." This issue continues to be the primary driving force in the politics of the religious right. The church has a dismal record, however, in applying the same … Continue reading All Life is Sacred
By Bruce Gourley and John Pierce For 30 minutes four evangelical leaders pontificated about the definition and characteristics of a real "biblical worldview." They were clear about who has one and who does not. The April podcast featured pollster George Barna, whose recent survey concluded that "Only 17 percent of Christians who consider their faith … Continue reading The Absence of Jesus: How Christianity is being redefined apart from its main character
One of the greatest gifts I’ve received in my life thus far was the privilege of spending nearly every moment of the last days of my mom's life at her side. She left this earth around 10 p.m. on the eve of Valentine's Day one year ago. Mom slipped into unconsciousness after developing sepsis as … Continue reading For my mom, a true servant of Christ & my spiritual mentor