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The Tyranny of God’s Blessing

God’s blessing is not fragile. Too often we view God’s blessing as some delicate mist. If we make the slightest wrong move *p o o f* it vanishes away. Preachers and churches often craft statements like If you don’t do [insert topic de jour…

My guide to becoming a recovering fundamentalist: The Gospel

In Philippians Paul instructs us to rejoice when the Gospel is preached. There is no doubt in my mind that the Gospel is preached faithfully in fundamentalist churches. Heart issues aside (all groups have them) fundamentalism does have at its core the Gospel. This…

Psalm 46

God Is Our Fortress 1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar…

My Guide to become a recovering fundamentalist: Q&A

Why the series? Are you anti, pro or neutral to fundamentalism? There are three big reasons why: 1) Fundamentalism became a strawman argument. So, people can attack ‘fundies’ and gain some quick accolades. Strawman arguments are bad and it’s better to address real heart…

My guide to become a recovering fundamentalist: Separation or discernment?

“You have no business promoting public schools!” “Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise.” St. Paul First, separation is a command The Bible teaches separation. There is no avoiding that in Scripture. Our associations, friendships, business partners, ministry partners…

My guide to become a recovering fundamentalist: Legalism

“As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed.” ~St. Paul Legalism as the issue There is a bit of legalism in everyone. As we…

On Humility: My guide to become a recovering fundamentalist Part 3

“You should read my book, ‘Humility and how I achieved it.’” ~Unknown “Every side has it’s ‘fundamentalists’.” ~Joe M. Admit it You’re arrogant. We all struggle with pride. Arrogance isn’t exclusive to any movement. This is why it’s best to deal with heart issues;…

An important reminder…

It’s the Gospel plus nothing equals salvation & sanctification. There is nothing you can do to earn a relationship with God. There is nothing you can do to earn more love from God. God already proved He loves you unconditionally. In Christ, He sees…

My guide to become a recovering fundamentalist: Part 2

“Someone asked me if I was a fundamentalist. I don’t know what to say.” ~Friend “I resolve to make fun of fundamentalists for fundamental reasons.” ~Driscoll Mr. Strawman, you’re dismissed… In Part 1 I said that ‘fundamentalism’ is a bit of a strawman. It’s…

My guide to become a recovering fundamentalist: Part 1

“Hi, I’m Ty, and I’m a recovering fundamentalist.” The men in the room laughed, and the lead pastor stated humorously, “No, its true, he is a recovering fundamentalist.” I grew up in what I’d call a community church, but in college and through most…

We the people. We the problem.

If you want rock star status. If you want accolades. In Christianity you only need to throw “religion” under the bus, or its close cousin fundamentalism. (Ironically, I’ll be posting about fundamentalism this week.) We love to bash religion. Sometimes we couch this as…

How long would you wait?

14 years is a long time. I can’t imagine being told I was to do something and then have to wait 14 years to make it happen. Paul waited 14 years or more before he engaged in aggressive evangelism. I define aggressive evangelism as church…