Stories You Should Know

The People Who Challenged My Atheism Most Were Drug Addicts and Prostitutes 

We are all sinners. On the streets the addicts, with their daily battles and proximity to death, have come to understand this viscerally. Many successful people don’t. Their sense of entitlement and emotional distance has numbed their understanding of our fallibility.

Soon I saw my atheism for what it is: an intellectual belief most accessible to those who have done well.

How I Escaped The Mormon Temple

After Micah’s expulsion, questions about Mormonism that I had harbored for years—about my patriarchal blessing, about the church’s history of racism, about the scope of Christ’s atonement—kicked into high gear. I heeded Micah’s advice, and began reading the Bible in translations easier to understand than the LDS-authorized King James Version.

In John’s gospel, I read, “These are the very scriptures that testify of me yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” Salvation did not require the Mormon Church, only Jesus. I began to see clearly that Mormonism taught a different gospel than what the Bible taught.

Why Have Young People In Japan Stopped Having Sex?

“It’s too troublesome,” says Kishino, when I ask why he’s not interested in having a girlfriend. “I don’t earn a huge salary to go on dates and I don’t want the responsibility of a woman hoping it might lead to marriage.” Japan’s media, which has a name for every social kink, refers to men like Kishino as “herbivores” or soshoku danshi (literally, “grass-eating men”). Kishino says he doesn’t mind the label because it’s become so commonplace. He defines it as “a heterosexual man for whom relationships and sex are unimportant”.

Evangelicals Find Themselves in the Midst of a Calvinist Revival 

Evangelicalism is in the midst of a Calvinist revival. Increasing numbers of preachers and professors teach the views of the 16th-century French reformer. Mark Driscoll, John Piper and Tim Keller — megachurch preachers and important evangelical authors — are all Calvinist. Attendance at Calvin-influenced worship conferences and churches is up, particularly among worshipers in their 20s and 30s.

In the Southern Baptist Convention, the country’s largest Protestant denomination, the rise of Calvinism has provoked discord. In a 2012 poll of 1,066 Southern Baptist pastors conducted by LifeWay Research, a nonprofit group associated with the Southern Baptist Convention, 30 percent considered their churches Calvinist — while twice as many were concerned “about the impact of Calvinism.”

3 thoughts on “Stories You Should Know

  1. What really struck me about the last article was this:

    “In 1994, when Mark Dever interviewed at Capitol Hill Baptist Church, a Southern Baptist church in Washington, the hiring committee didn’t even ask him about his theology.”

    I’m just now digging deeper into what I really believe beyond the core of the gospel, but you would think that the staff of a church interviewing someone would be interested in the candidates theology. The reason we have denominations and such a larger variety of churches is because of the subtle differences and approaches to theology, and you would think the church would at least be interested in knowing what he believes beyond the gospel.

    • That is a big deal, Andy.

      It is baffling. Mark Dever’s experience is not unique. It is quite common for churches to not ask any theological questions beyond the basic/assumed doctrines.

      Sadly, I think it is partly because they don’t know what to ask. Even more sadly, I think it is partly because they simply don’t care.

  2. Also, in 1994 many if not most Southern Baptists had no idea what Calvinism is. What is sad, is that many still do not know today.

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