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The Struggle for Social Justice is a Struggle with Ourselves

My friend and former podcast guest Darrell Harrison is at it again, urging us to reconsider the terms of our current social debates in the church.

Is the gospel meant to bring about changes in the state of our world? More equality for everyone? Material stability for the poor? Racial harmony? Are these the goals God has in mind when His gospel goes out into the world? Let’s hear what Darrell has to say about it.

Source: The Struggle for Social Justice is a Struggle with Ourselves

How ‘Woke Theology’ is Weakening the Black Church

I know reblogging is a little lazy, but this is the second article this week written by a black Christian that challenges the dividing lines of the current social justice narrative.

I’ve been told I must give way to allowing people of color to speak and represent their own views. Well, here you go. Darrell Harrison grew up in the Black Church in Atlanta, and is no stranger to the issues surrounding black Americans and Christians. His post is full of historical references, and his analysis is razor sharp. I had the privilege of interviewing him for the podcast last night, and will publish as soon as I can. Thanks to brother Darrell for his bold stance for the gospel in all churches of the Lord Jesus Christ; for the one gospel given to the Church.

Just Thinking...for Myself


There is a movement afoot, particularly within black evangelical circles, to extol, if not exalt, social justice as the raison d’etre, that is, the most important reason and purpose, of the church today.

I say ‘particularly’ because the aforementioned movement is not restricted only to the realm of black evangelicalism. The truth is there are also certain elements within white evangelicalism which, being motivated to a large extent by a collective acquiescence to the idea of “white guilt“, have attached themselves to this movement like a caboose to a locomotive.

The problem with movements, however, is they invariably beget labels (e.g. “social gospel”, “liberation theology”, etc.). And labels tend to subtly, yet ultimately, reorient our focus from that which is of utmost importance, namely, proclaiming the gospel of Jesus Christ to the world, in favor of adopting a socio-cultural “gospel” constructed from a worldview espoused by “woke” theologians…

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Some questions I’m asking while off to my white evangelical church

Here’s a tremendous blog post featuring a set of insightful, paradigm-busting questions from a black sister in Christ who belongs to a mostly-white local church. These are the types of questions that invite everyone’s sincere engagement, as opposed to the many questions out there which begin by pathologizing “whiteness,” excluding sincere white Christians from responding and being heard fairly. Thanks, Lisa.

Lisa Robinson

Yes, you heard that right, my white church. Why not just the church? In fact, I bet the title alone will set up some keen anticipation for me to address   everything that’s wrong with the white church and how it’s whiteness is harming people of color, how silent the white church is on issues of social justice and generally are wielding it’s power of white supremacy against the health of the church. Sure, there will be some that will roll their eyes, shake their heads and wonder why people keep being divisive with race labels and such. But I’ll get to you later.

Because of this anticipation and it’s increasing prominence in our present day discourse, I’m provoked to ask some questions. They are not easy questions nor are they questions meant to be dismissive. They are questions that have been bubbling up for some time as I observe…

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Continuity Preserves the Gospel

This short post brings forth some central truths that Baptists rarely discuss. A great little read as usual from Trey.

Nil Nisi Verum

The Covenant of Grace begins in its seminal form in Genesis 3:15 but is revealed more fully in the Abrahamic Covenant. Studying the Abrahamic Covenant continues to show its relevance and importance throughout Scripture because it touches on everything from worship, sacraments, election, atonement, and much more. The key aspect I want to focus on in this post is that the Abrahamic Covenant demonstrates continuity and the preservation of the Gospel throughout Scripture.

Living in the New Covenant we tend to focus on the New Testament but there is a greatly missed blessing in neglecting the Old Testament. What happens is the focus on the discontinuity or the fragmenting of Scripture, and some have even seen different gospels or worse, a different God in the Old Testament than in the New. When we recover a sense of the continuity, however, we will be enabled to interpret the redemptive story in…

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Spiral Reasoning

If you need to read this a few times to get it, it’s worth it. This is how you begin to free your mind from the shackles of fallen reasoning, and to grasp the glorious goodness of God’s self revelation in every fact and truth.

Cornelius Van Til

screen-shot-2016-11-11-at-11-46-22-am“For this reason we have spoken of the Christian theistic method as the method of implication into the truth of God. It is reasoning in a spiral fashion rather than in a linear fashion. Accordingly, we have said that we can use the old terms deduction and induction if only we remember that they must be thought of as elements in this one process of implication into the truth of God. If we begin the course of spiral reasoning at any point in the finite universe, as we must because that is the proximate starting point of all reasoning, we can call the method of implication into the truth of God a transcendental method. That is, we must seek to determine what presuppositions are necessary to any object of knowledge in order that it may be intelligible to us. It is not as though we already know some facts…

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