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The Demise of Guys: Why Evangelicalism Fuels the Fire of Addiction

CNN ran a short article called ‘The Demise of Guys’: How Video Games and Porn are Ruining a Generation. I suggest that you click over and read it and watch …

Spiritual Temptation: Hobby Spirituality

It strikes me that one of the more subtle temptations when mining through the spiritual tradition is what I will call “hobby spirituality.” Hobby spirituality is when one gives in …

Dissatisfaction: The Gateway Vice

As of late I’ve been pondering dissatisfaction. Dissatisfaction, in my mind, is a gateway vice – a vice that subtly lures you into the whole panoply of vices. It is …

Entering in: Valuing Vulnerability and Disability

If you have been following my recent posts you will notice I have been meditating, as of late, on disability and Christianity. See here and here. I read a post …

Understanding Spiritual Formation

I was asked to speak for a pastors conference for a denomination on spiritual formation. The denomination has always been very “pro” spiritual formation, so I thought I might be …

Why “Biblical” tends to be UnBiblical

Not too long ago a blogger was criticizing contemporary evangelicalism's obsession with the term "biblical." This blogger suggested, if I remember correctly, that seminaries should come up with a degree in Biblical Biblicalness." There is, of course, something to be lauded in this emphasis. But I would suggest the opposite is actually taking place. Terms like "biblical" often lose their meaning rather quickly. Instead, they become storehouses for other kinds of things. When I hear people use the word "biblical" today, more often than not it is a placeholder for: "what I find comfortable in light of my background."

It is usually easy to point this out, in light of the fact that these people's claim to "be biblical in all things" is, itself, extra-biblical. The call to be biblical itself is based on theologizing. That is not to say that the inclination is somehow unbiblical, but that the content of what it means to be biblical is based on a theological development (the Bible never states, for instance, sola scriptura - Scripture alone). I say this because I find that the term biblical is usually used in an unbiblical manner. It is an elitist tendency to write off other people who stand under God's word and to, instead, apply God's sovereignty to themselves. Rather than standing under the judgment of Christ, they stand at his side, pointing out people they think deserve his wrath. They often mimic, in other terms, the Pharisees. 

 
Formed for the Glory of God:Learning from the Spiritual Practices of Jonathan Edwards
Wisdom tells us to sit at the feet of our elders rather than the latest ministry fad. And is there a better elder to guide us than Jonathan Edwards?
Reading the Christian Spiritual Classics:A Guide for Evangelicals
Many have come to discover the wealth of spiritual insight available in the Desert Fathers and other traditions. The essays in this volume provide a guide for evangelicals to read the Christian spiritual classics.