Trendy Ain’t Always Cool

child covering face with hand

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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The Enneagram—A Quick Look

figure of enneagram lines, numbers, and headings

The promotion of Enneagram in the church has increased steadily. I’ll go into this topic in depth later, but I wanted to at least post this alert: Let’s not swallow the Enneagram trend without a bit of discernment.   The article “What Christians Should Know” (August 2018) shows the Enneagram is associated with these: occult/pagan origins the idea of finding…

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About OM: Um…

statue of Krishna

This post is based on what I gleaned from an article titled “What Does Chanting Om Mean?” The entire website where that article appears is designed to help Christians feel OK about doing yoga. Frankly, I don’t see how that article can have anything but the opposite effect. Origin of om The very first paragraph directly ties the word to…

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America’s Shift Toward Buddhism

Buddha statue head on the ground

This one-hour audio is the workshop I led (with my sister) at the 2014 International Conference on Missions. The recording deals with mysticism and interspirituality, as well as Buddhism.   The handouts mentioned are linked below. Your Sunday school class or small group can easily listen to the workshop and do further research with the handouts to have your own…

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Mingling

beaker and bottle of poison

Psalm 106:35, 36 says that God’s people “mingled with the nations and adopted their customs. They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them.” About the fact that the Israelites adopted pagan customs (“learned their works,” King James Version), the classic Matthew Henry commentary (originally published in 1706!) says, “That which is rotten will sooner corrupt that which is…

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