Trendy Ain’t Always Cool

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Nobody likes to be viewed as out of step, uncool. So we tend to latch on to whatever is deemed trendy, even if it’s a tad vulgar (like words that Webster’s tags as “coarse”) or disrespectful of God (like “OMG”) or glamorizing something spiritually dangerous. In that last category… A TV ad for the Popeye’s fast-food chain promoted a new…

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Christian Goddess Worship

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This article about goddess worship tells of an ecumenical conference (clear back in 1993!) where they invoked the goddess Sophia. “Communion” emblems were milk and honey, not bread and wine. This piece describes a Lutheran church that does goddess worship. The idea is that goddess worship relates to equality for women, but for some reason they also see the need…

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The Importance of Apologetics

I just pulled out and reread my old copy of The Seduction of Christianity: Spiritual Discernment in the Last Days by Dave Hunt and T. A. McMahon. Whoa. First published in 1985 and still spot on! The names (and sometimes terminology) change, but the “story” is the same. Back then Hunt and McMahon exposed the prosperity gospel teachers, the New…

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The Real Thing vs. All Messed Up

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Some Japanese words are very convenient. They encompass a range of meaning for which English would require a number of different expressions. The Japanese word mechakucha (meh-CHAH-koo-chah) is one of those. It means “all messed up,” “confused,” “gone to pieces.” As in, “Everything went wrong Monday. The whole day was mechakucha!” That word describes how I feel sometimes when I…

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Can Christians Do “Good” Contemplative Prayer?

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The people who claim that contemplative prayer is not of Eastern/occult association and those who gladly affirm its occult roots reference and recommend the same list of experts. The top experts classify contemplative prayer as unmediated, exclusive, wordless, and dangerous. This handout connects the dots for Christians who have questions about this practice. Get it here.