Scavenger Hunt Challenge

While a lot of us are cooped up, I thought I might issue a challenge to help pass some time. It’s a scavenger hunt of sorts for pastors, church leaders, church members, and/or anyone else interested in taking up the challenge.

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The Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Discipleship

What does the Cross have to with Discipleship?

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The False Dichotomy of Progressive Christianity

If you have read some of the last few articles that we posted (“Progressive Christianity and Polyamory” and “My De-conversion Story”), you can probably surmise that we are concerned about the rising tide of Progressive Christianity.
 
Now to be clear, I am not concerned that Progressive Christianity will thwart the plans of God or His church. As Jesus stated, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not stand against it.”
 
And neither am I solely attempting to convince those who have adopted progressive theology that they are in error. As a pastor, it is not my primary job to persuade others to believe as I believe. As Jesus also said, “No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws them, […] Everyone who has heard the Father and learned from Him comes to Me” (John 6:44-45).
 
As such, my primary job as a pastor is to encourage and equip other disciples of Jesus who have already been (or are being) convinced and drawn by the Father to believe about the Son the same things that I have been convinced and drawn by the Father to believe.
 
However, part of being able to do so is to “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.” And to be able to do so, “with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander” (1 Peter 3:15-16).

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