Posts Tagged ‘Theology’

By Matt Horan

The other day someone emailed me about my blog about amicable separation of the United Methodist Church.  He talked about the difference between liberals and evangelicals, which is the place where I stopped reading.

If someone asks a Christian, “Hey are you an evangelical?” the correct answer is “Yes.”  “Evangel” means “good news.”  Evangelists tell people good news.  If someone or something is evangelical, it is contributing to the spread of good news.  Our Good News is that while we were dead to sin, God sent his son Jesus Christ to live and die for us and raised him to new life before us.  We can be joined with this Jesus and live a new life and leave the old one behind.  Good News.

I know that it helps to be able to judge people by the group.  It’s so easy to talk about liberals or conservatives when we can group them all together and take a big swipe or two at them.  But here’s the thing that made me blog today:

There cannot be some Christians who aren’t evangelical.  (more…)

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By Matt Horan

So, in a previous blog I just finished saying that the United Methodist Church needs to stay together.  In fairness, I probably owe a little more in terms of how we might do it.  In a season filled with people offering grandiose yet vague solutions, may I not be counted among them.

We would be wise to learn from the principles that have given some success to the Emergent Church and non-denominational church movements over the last 15 years or so, without losing the Wesleyan distinctives that have sustained us since the days of the “Holy Club.” (more…)

By Matt Horan

There is a “New Calvinism” taking root in American Christianity.   The followers of Jesus whose personalities crave certainty, who crave a God of sovereignty and power, are flocking to voices like Seattle’s Mark Driscoll or Charlotte’s Steven Furtick.  Who knew that a guy could gain a second wind just past his 500th birthday?  Seems that John Calvin is doing just that. (more…)

By Matt Horanflags

          As a fan of Jesus Christ, is it bad if I don’t care whether or not the Ten Commandments are hanging in the U.S. Supreme Court?  As a fan of Jesus Christ, is it bad if I don’t care whether or not my kids are taught Creationism as a scientific theory in school?  As a fan of Jesus Christ, is it bad if I don’t get offended when someone at Target wishes me “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Chistmas”?  As a fan of Jesus Christ, is it bad if I don’t worry if there’s no “prayer time” offered to kids in public schools? (more…)