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May 3, 2016

Christian Calendar, Reformation, Repentence, American Evangelicalism, Gospel, Church Stuff, Reading Recommendations, Sermon Teasers, Hart to Heart

Faith…

by Robert Hart

Faith is not about everything turning out okay…

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Posted by Robert Hart at 2:54 p.m.
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May 8, 2015

American Evangelicalism

Some thoughts for Dads with Mothers’ Day approaching. . .

by Lanier Nail

Mothers’ Day is this Sunday.  This is the quintessential “Hallmark” holiday, and in the South, it is a big deal.  On this day, men abandon the fishing holes and golf courses of their Sunday morning routines and go to church with their grandmothers, moms, and wives.  Only Easter Sunday can compete with Mothers’ day for church attendance figures.  After the service, a Thanksgiving-worthy feast is likely to be served, ironically, by the women whom the day is intended to honor.

This image of women being “honored” by having to work extra hard to serve the men who “honor” them speaks, I believe, to a larger reality that plays out every Sunday in Southern families and churches. . .

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Posted by Lanier Nail at 10:23 a.m.
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June 2, 2014

American Evangelicalism, Gospel

Right-Hand Man

by Lanier Nail

In my last post I made the assertion that Jesus' Ascension, which should be viewed as the "crowning achievement" of his life, is instead overlooked as simply a necessity of the narrative - Jesus has to get from point A to point B so let's explain how that happened.

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Posted by Lanier Nail at 9:04 p.m.
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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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July 17, 2012

American Evangelicalism

Learning to Pray - Jesus Style

by Lanier Nail

If a new believer asked you to teach them to pray, what counsel would you give them? One standard approach to teaching prayer in evangelical churches sounds something like this: "Prayer is just talking to God. Talk to Him like you would a friend." I have heard this many times and have probably given the same advice repeatedly. I no longer think it is very good advice, nor do I think it is completely true, though it certainly contains what we would call a "kernel of truth."

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Posted by Lanier Nail at 4:58 p.m.
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February 21, 2012

Christian Calendar, American Evangelicalism, Gospel

How Not to Observe Lent

by Lanier Nail

Somehow Lent has become cool. Everyone seems to be giving something up for Lent – and telling all their friends about it! Forty days of solemn examination and repentance are being eclipsed by an ever-more shallow cultural faddishness. Yuck! Because what we really need is one more cultural fad…

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Posted by Lanier Nail at 4:08 p.m.
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