Paganism & The Renaissance Festival

On my recent vacation, I attended the opening day of the Ohio Renaissance Festival. I’d been to this one about 7 years ago, so I kind of knew what to expect. There’s a few distinct groups who go to Ren Fairs: the performers and merchants [who often travel from fair to fair], Goths, metalheads, medieval…

What’s Wrong With Church 3: Televangelists! Televangelists! Televangelists!

Is there anything more disgustingly and blatantly [dare I say, grossly] hypocritical than a televangelist? Seriously. How much good are these guys really doing [for anybody other than themselves]? They’ve given Christ a bad name ever since the PTL scandals of the eighties and nineties. You can just flip onto those channels at a random…

What’s Wrong With Church 2: No Children Allowed

There’s famous story in the Gospels about some mothers took their children to Jesus to be blessed. The disciples tried to turn them away under the basic assumption that the Master would not want to be bothered with children when He was doing some big, important ADULT religious stuff. They hadn’t asked Jesus. Jesus’ response…

What’s Wrong With Church 1: I am!

The other day, I commented on someone else’s blog and lamented that “I would love to be stoked by church, but most weeks I’m happy just to have SURVIVED it!” It’s one of my pet peeves but the Church of the Living God is, as Tommy Tenney once put it, “somewhat less than advertised.” Rather…

Building God’s House

“Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your paneled houses, and this house to lie waste?” -Haggai 1:4 Haggai was one of the post-captivity prophets. He was a contemporary of Zechariah, according to Ezra 5:1-2. His message, as we see in our text, was to rebuke the returned exiles for their delay…

Hypocrisy as Apologetic

The Salem Witch Trials. Forced Conversions of Native Americans. The Inquisitions. The Crusades. The list goes on. These are some of the gross sins of Christendom. They represent moral objections to the faith. At face value, they seem intimidating. There’s the temptation to avoid the issue entirely or gloss over it. Liberal “churches” seem to…

Jesus & The Doctrine of Separation

Would Jesus have been a good fundamentalist? I’ve often commented that I’m trying to put the “fun” back into fundamentalist because, let’s face it, the “duh” and the “mental” are pretty much covered. Due to the separationist nature of the fundamentalist movement, we tend to be more divided and nitpicky than we are unified and,…

A Critique of the Archko Library

I. Introduction    It should be said that before coming  to the church this article was originally addressed to, I had never before heard of the Archko Library.    I’m an avid reader with a voracious appetite for theology, but it had never come to my notice. I grew up in Bible-believing, Bible-preaching fundamentalist churches,…