Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Glow of Dumpster Fires & the Twilight of Evangelical Influence
12 May

The Glow of Dumpster Fires & the Twilight of Evangelical Influence

If evangelicalism needs the Republican Party to remain successful, then it has been nothing more than a religious special interest group. If someone believes losing a cultural war, or having a president appoint a liberal justice to the Supreme Court, or a shake up in the GOP somehow signals the end of Christianity in the US, then they have lost their way.

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Hope is a Dangerous Thing on the Inside
05 May

Hope is a Dangerous Thing on the Inside

Hope is conspicuous in captivity. There’s no place for it in prison because hope forbids a person to accept their condition. And, you must come to terms with your condition to survive captivity. Strangely, in prison, hope leads to despair because hope has nowhere to focus and gets stuck in a loop. The sooner one gives up and stops trying to escape, the quicker despair will give way to meaninglessness. Only then will a prisoner accept their condition. Only the hopeless make good prisoners.

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Rethinking John’s First Epistle & The Assurance Quiz
03 May

Rethinking John’s First Epistle & The Assurance Quiz

So goes the standard explanation of John’s First Epistle. I've heard it explained this way so often over the years I've assumed (without a question) that it’s the only possible explanation, or valid angle on the letter. The epistle is put forward as a sort of salvific “disc assessment.” It’s an assurance quiz applied to John’s audience. Score high and you can have assurance. Score poorly and you've no basis for it. Some would go so far as to say the letter is specifically designed to create doubt in the lives of false believers within the church

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