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Faith Without Emotion is Dead: Avoiding False Choices When Leaders Fall

“Love alone is credible.” -Hans Urs von Balthasar
Every time we hear of a Christian leader walking away from faith, we want to diagnose the cause: it was because of sin, poor theology, the culture. I’m hesitant to diagnose because this often keeps us from the better work of lament and confession. But I am troubled by one common conclusion, especially since it actually contributes to the problem it tries to diagnose. I’ve seen it in various forms, but it’s best summed up in the recent Facebook post of Skillet band member John Cooper. In response to what he calls the falling away of influential Christian leaders, he writes:
“It is time for the church to rediscover the preeminence

Preventing the #MeToo Pain of Children

I’m bearing witness to the #MeToo pain of a seven- or eight-year-old Latino boy whom I saw for a few seconds in a hotel parking lot. Unable to intervene or report, I’m telling his story and asking for action in…

Have We Made Bible Study Too Simple?

I couldn’t believe my ears. I sat at the table with someone who was trying to explain their understanding of a few New Testament passages. They asked me how I understood them, and as I shared how I looked at…

Becoming a Just Church

Would someone who only lived in your sanctuary know that there is a real world outside of it wracked with injustice? Over a series of weeks, a zealous, justice-minded member of my church introduced me to several families she had…
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