You would be mistaken if you thought the word above was a typo. The word is a new word for ex-evangelical. It is a word that describes someone who has deconstructed their faith and has left Christianity. Deconstructionism or exvangelicalism is a serious trend that is happening with students across America. Yet this is probably the first time you have heard about it or either of those words. The reason for this is because it happens after our students and children leave home.
This may be a question you’ve never asked before but it’s extremely important to understanding Jesus, the Old Testament, and God’s covenantal nature. Some people will argue that Jesus didn’t see the Old Testament scripture as fully inspired by God. In fact, they will try to argue that our evangelical belief that Jesus saw scripture as God’s word is imposing too much into the gospel accounts of Jesus. To be fair, Jesus doesn’t come out as clearly as Paul or Peter does in his
Have you ever gotten a big head only to be knocked down immediately? The kind of whiplash that makes the words “pride comes before the fall,” sting a little? If not then you and I are clearly different. If you’ll excuse my confession, I can get a big head. I’m confident and I don’t mind being in charge. I like to be the guy that people look to and say, “wow, he did a great job of ____.” This can lead to me seeking my own glory, trying to build my own kingdom, and even thwarti
Preface First, the intent of this article is not to defend scripture from an apologetic perspective. I don’t intend to appeal to a logical line of reasoning in order to make my case. If you're interested in that you can read another article I wrote on the trustworthiness of scripture. Nor is this article intended for people who are completely skeptical of scripture as God’s word.
This article attempts to study how scripture explains its own view of itself. I plan on addr
It is clear to see the Bible and its inerrancy’s place in the heart of Hudsonville Reformed Church. Among many issues, it's the reason for our recent denominational move. We are a people who love God’s word, but few of us — and few Christians generally — know the story of how we got the Bible we have today. Throughout church history, there have been lots of other Christians who too have a passion for the Bible, so I want to point out five events in Church history that give us
Take a minute to read Psalm 50 before you read this reflection. The loudest sound you may ever hear is the sound of God’s people rejoicing at the perfect and holy judgment of the Lord. “What!?!” You might be thinking. “There’s no way I’m going to cheer when God sends people to hell.” But psalm 50 has something to say about that. Judgment is a tough thing for us to grapple with. Let’s be honest and say that we don’t often lead with that when we are trying to share the good new
Who hasn’t felt like David in this Psalm? It’s conflicted. It's ruthlessly honest. It's hopelessly hopeful, and yet it isn’t willing to give up that Yahweh is able to save. We’ve been there when life is nearly too much and we ask, “Is God going to save me?” I’ve been there. In those moments, I know God can save me, but I don’t know if he — in his sovereign will — is going to. It's impossible — as a Christian — to read this Psalm without hearing the cries of Jesus. I see the d
Jonathan Edwards may have been the most important American pastor, in terms of his impact on the theology of churches in America today. While it is true that the average person has heard of Jonathan Edwards, or was forced to read some of his work in high school, that same person may not have much more than a surface-level understanding of this great American pastor. While there are many veins of theology that Jonathan Edwards impacted, one of these has found its greatest reac
“The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion.” It is the end of an era that millions of Christians have waited for, voted for, protested against, and earnestly prayed for. And yet this is not the finish line. This cannot be the end of the race for Christians. We may not take a deep sigh of relief as “our battle” is over. A Victory for Image Bearers Of the polarizing things that have happened