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Why I Love “Religion” and Hate a “Personal Relationship with Jesus”

June 11, 2013
Why I Love “Religion” and Hate a “Personal Relationship with Jesus”

"Christianity is a personal relationship, not a religion." One of those cliches—old, false, and without introspection.

Tagalog-English Westminster Confession

May 12, 2009

Today, I picked up from the printer 100 copies of the Westminster Confession of Faith Tagalog-English Diglot Version. Anyone interested in getting a copy may write a comment here or email me at dvopilgrimatgmaildotcom. The cost is 120 pesos, and the proceeds will be used to print more copies.

Christless Christianity News Bytes

November 15, 2008

In his new book "Christless Christianity," Dr. Michael Horton says, "Jesus has been dressed up as a corporate CEO, life coach, culture-warrior, political revolutionary, philosopher, copilot, cosufferer, moral example, and partner in fulfilling our personal and social dreams," but rarely as the crucified and resurrected Redeemer of a powerless people dead in sin.

Rock Bands as Holy Spirit

October 20, 2008

Rowan Williams, the Archbishop of Canterbury, recently weighed in again, this time with a profound thought that "Beatles songs are as likely to explain Christianity as the Bible." Essentially equating rock bands with the Holy Spirit, he says, "They [rock music] are able to open our imagination to a way of thinking about God that we've become deaf to in church language."

Christianity and Politics

October 4, 2008

As the McCain-Obama and Palin-Biden debates are still in our minds, there are a couple of White Horse Inn broadcasts that might be of benefit to Christians in thinking about the coming elections.

Bill Hybels and Mother Teresa

August 13, 2008

Bill Hybels' address at the 2008 Leadership Summit was the result of months of studying Mother Teresa. He told 50,000 attendees that no one has affected him more deeply than Mother Teresa. Why do Hybels and other pop evangelical leaders frequently praise their non-Biblical, even non-Christian, heroes?

Evangelicals: 3,000 miles wide, 3 inches deep

June 24, 2008

"Religion in America is, indeed, 3,000 miles wide and only three inches deep" - Dr D. Michael Lindsay, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Rice University. A survey released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life concludes that America is a nation of believers, but what exactly they believe in is not clear.

Purpose Drivel Quotes

April 9, 2008

My daughter came home today telling me that in their Bible class, they’ll be reading and discussing Rick Warren’s Purpose Driven Life. I thought that PDL has just about disappeared from the scene, but I was mistaken. Although evangel­­icals are as faddish as a 30-second sound byte, they also have a way of clinging to […]

Sin: according to the Pope, Osteen, Warren

March 21, 2008

I wonder how Joel Osteen and Rick Warren preach the death and resurrection of Christ without mentioning sin, God's wrath, and judgment. Here are some quotes from USA Today:

Pastor Mike as President?

January 10, 2008

Now that former Baptist minister Mike Huckabee is doing well in the presidential primary campaign, it is well for Christians to think about the relationship between church and state. Kim Riddlebarger’s “Mike Huckabee and the Two Kingdoms” is a useful read on this matter. I also have two other posts related to this subject. The […]

Santa Claus and Other Myths

December 8, 2007

Or is “Jolly Old Saint Nicholas” real? How about the Christmas tree, mistletoe and Rudolph? I just stumbled upon a review of a new book, Christmas: A Candid History, written by Bruce David Forbes. Forbes is a Methodist and a professor of Religious Studies at Morningside College and the co-editor of Religion and Popular Culture […]

“Wise Mormon vs. Foolish Christian”

November 14, 2007

“I’d rather be ruled by a wise Turk than by a foolish Christian,” so goes the saying wrongly attributed to Martin Luther, a saying that’s not too far removed from the present presidential pursuit of Republican Mitt Romney, a Mormon. Would Romney be a wise “Turk,” a ruler wiser than the other “Christian” candidates? A […]

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