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May Archive

May 29, 2014

Christian Calendar

The Neglected Jesus Story

by Lanier Nail

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Ascension.  One of the benefits of following the church calendar is that we are often forced to contemplate specific moments in the life of our Lord that we otherwise pass by without much reflection.  The ascension of Christ into heaven may be the most neglected episode in the life of Christ relative to the amount of ink the New Testament authors spilled tracing out its implications.

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May 28, 2014

Repentence, American Evangelicalism

The Lost Habit of Repentance

by Lanier Nail

Rod Dreher, writing a superb article for Time, describes why he will not return to the Roman Catholic Church, despite the appeal of Pope Francis.  His critique of Roman Catholicism in America highlights how the reforms of Vatican II have been co-opted to produce an insipid version of Christianity which preaches "Christ without the cross" and treats "His amazing Grace like it was a common courtesy."  

What intrigues me about the article is how so much of his criticism of the Roman church in America can be directly applied, often without any qualifications, to the evangelical churches in America as well.   You could say the whole church is allergic to repentance and teaching about God's judgment, and this allergy crosses denominational lines.

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Posted by Lanier Nail at 3:41 p.m.
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