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Red Letter Christians
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Last week’s blog was on the new super-virtues. If you’re a parent, grandparent or mentor, there’s a second alarming trend coming your way – “red letter Christians”.

Six months ago two hugely influential writers, Tony Campollo and Shane Claiborne, wrote a book entitled, The Red Letter Revolution. In the author’s own words, the basic premise of their book is this;

“Not only do we say that the red letters (the actual words of Jesus in red letters in the four gospels) are superior to the black letters of the Bible, but Jesus said they were! Jesus over and over again in the Sermon on the Mount, declared that some of the things that Moses taught about such things as divorce, adultery, killing, getting even with those who hurt you and the use of money, had to be transcended to a higher morality.”

In all fairness, I agree, as do most theologians, that the last part of this quote is true. Jesus did “toughen up” and raised the bar of Moses’ teaching in all of these areas. But that’s exactly why this book and this red letter revolution idea is so dangerous. It mixes, “let’s just live like Jesus” (and who’s going to argue with that!) with making the rest of the Bible, including the balance of the New Testament books a virtual footnote.

But, this blog isn’t a personal assault on Tony, or Shane, two men I’ve not always agreed with theologically, but who clearly are trying to be serious followers of Jesus and are courageously calling others to do the same. But, it is a warning about red letter Christianity. My concern is that these views will only further undermine the confidence of younger Christians in the reliability and authority of all scripture for their lives. So, why would these authors do that? Here’s my theory; (more…)

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The New Super-Virtues
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I’ve been spending lots of time recently with college and post-college age young adults. Most of them are good kids, from great Christian families. But, what I’m hearing is alarming.

Many of them are buying into the new super-virtues-tolerance and fairness – the new definition of Christian love being taught by a new breed of young, influential pastors. And, here’s why every parent and grandparent needs to be aware of this hybrid and distorted view of biblical love. (more…)

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Life Organizes Itself Around the Heart
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I had a great discussion with one of our grandchildren a few weeks ago, while on vacation. The question came up of why Christians would make sinful choices, when based on the Bible, we ought to know better. So, here’s what I told him, but in more simple terms.

Our “heart” is the control center of our will – it is what gives orientation to everything we do.  If our heart wants something bad enough, whether good or evil, it will tempt us to believe information, or make choices which help us get that which we want and reject information and choices which hinder us in that quest.  Often we “want” two opposing things which fight for our attention – the thing we really want and the thing we know we should want.

The heart is deceitful. 

Once we’ve set our heart on something that we know is wrong, or strongly suspect is wrong, our minds go into full swing to set up justification logic for the sole purpose of sweeping guilt out of the path to the thing we want.  We then subconsciously form a theology or a belief system to fit the desires of our heart, rather than God’s heart and it morphs into new “truth” for us. (more…)

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Men and Fear
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Last week I met with two very successful, Christian men, both workaholics and made this statement to test their reaction;

Most Christian men are more afraid of failure, than they are of God.

Their immediate reaction confirmed what I’ve known for years. “It’s true! And, we fear failure even more than death,” they chimed in.

Some of you women are shaking your heads in disbelief right now. I need to make it clear that this attitude is not true of all men, but of many many men, even Christian men and here’s why. (more…)

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