Reevaluating Richard

young woman playing Jenga

I’ve been face-to-face with a number of Christians who are fans of Richard Rohr. While I knew that he was becoming increasingly popular with younger generations—(and I’d earlier read quite a bit of his material)—I did not know (A) that even longtime Christians are being drawn in; (B) how blatantly Eastern/occult some of his instruction is; and therefore I had…

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No Such Thing as Too Close

dad tossing boy in the air

I keep thinking about the 2019 New Year’s resolution that our young worship leader made. From onstage he told us: “This year my goal is to get closer to God. I just wanna get so close to him that he’ll have to say, ‘Man, you gettin’ on mah nerves!’” Everyone loved it! And I couldn’t help picturing an adorable toddler…

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Middle-School Meditation

silhouette of teen in lotus position

I’ve written before about Eastern religion practice in the schools. Then this issue hit closer to home. During the coronavirus school-at-home season, a class of middle schoolers (one of whom I know) received instruction (via their tablets) to do a 10-minute “guided body scan meditation.” The graphic showed someone sitting in the lotus position. At some point in the exercise,…

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Beatles and the Bible?

Man playing guitar

When I see the Beatles song title “I Should Have Known Better,” I can’t help thinking that if Samson had written a song about his relationship with Delilah, that would be a good title. Another Beatles song title conveys how the demon-possessed man from Gadara must have felt after his encounter with Jesus: “Glad All Over.” If you’d like to…

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Puzzling Propaganda

scattered puzzle pieces

There’s an increasing number of puzzling and jumbled sentences in pieces aimed against Christianity. Let’s dissect a couple of examples. This Publishers Weekly write-up tells how publishers are “pivoting toward” a new spiritual age. One book in the report proposes “a new, more morally robust Christianity for disillusioned post-evangelicals.” Let’s break that down. If Christianity is the longstanding teachings of…

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