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The Dumbing Down of Christianity

Aka, why Christians need to read more. I mean, Joel Osteen doesn't even have a freaking Bachelor's degree.


The other day I was (surprise, surprise) in a coffee shop in the mountains, seated near the counter. A guy in his early 20’s walked in wearing a TOOL shirt and a long ponytail. I could overhear his conversation as he approached the barista and they began chatting. Somehow it came up that she attends a Christian university and he clearly didn’t approve.

“Do they incorporate religion into all the classes there?” he asked. “Even the science classes? How does that work?”

She valiantly began explaining how they pray before every class and teach from a Christian worldview, but it soon became evident that she was being crushed in this conversation. He was well schooled in the writings of Dawkins, Hitchens, and Nye and began doling out the punishment.

I use the word punishment because this poor barista has herself been punished by a church system which, for the past 200 years, has begun discarding intelligence within the church in favor of emotion, conversion experiences, and passion. Ask most American Christians today any question deeper than “Does God love everyone?” and you’re bound to get some sort of response suggesting that that sort of discourse should be reserved for theological universities.

The other day a friend of mine said that he sees no merit in understanding Calvinism or Arminianism because he just wants to Love God and love people. And it seems that the ball stops there for most Christians today. No need to know any more than that.

I would go so far as to say that there is even a fear in evangelical Christianity of knowledge. In my experience, this fear comes from one of two sources: People are scared that if they come to know too much, they’ll be like the Pharisees and will just become haughty and judgmental to others, thus weakening their love for God; or they’re afraid that they’ll learn too much and go off the deep end of liberalism and swim in the risky waters of universalism and other heresies.

We have replaced rich, robust theology in the church with emotional music and constant reminders that “God is love and loves you and He’s your personal Savior and loves your soul…” These words are great at bringing outsiders through the doors (because they’re true by and large) but poor at growing believers into mature witnesses with rich understanding of the deep things of God.

I have found the opposite to be very true. I have found that the more I learn about God, His Word, and theology which describes Him, the more I can love and worship Him, because now there is that much more to adore and be amazed by. If my ability to worship God is a fire, learning more about Him only adds more wood to the blaze. After all, if you really loved God, wouldn’t you want to learn as much about him as possible?

Our logic is pretty backward here.

Quite honestly, I’m exhausted by Christians who don’t want to learn more. It’s one thing to not know much about our faith, but another to have no desire to grow.

I’m saddened that atheists are so passionate about what they believe that they will read stacks of books in order to define their beliefs, while we are happy to float along the surface with a (no offense) ‘Hillsong-deep theology’ and call it good. And we wonder why people are leaving the Church in droves! A church that offers only emotional, squishy feel-good theology is going to lose the long-term wrestling match to a well-read and convincing atheist nearly every time.

Puritan Cotton Mather wrote, “Ignorance is the Mother not of Devotion but of HERESY” (caps lock his).

The mushy-gushy can only last so long.

Just as a marriage cannot be sustained by the tumble of infatuation, a life of faith cannot be sustained by passionate emotion. Yes, it may be a wonderful (and necessary) entryway, but without depth of knowledge and understanding, it will be “blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming” (Ephesians 4:14).

One of my theology professors is so passionate about this issue that he has brought up the same metaphor at least three times this semester. It goes something like this:

“Why do people say they want to ‘know God, but not know about Him? That is absolutely ludicrous!

Imagine if I told you ‘I love my wife, but I don’t know anything about her.’

You could ask me where she was born and I would shrug.

What type of music or food does she like?

I don’t know.

What color are her eyes?

No idea. But I love her.

See how insane that sounds? The more you come to know about someone, the more you are able to love them.”

Yet we have no problem floating on the surface of our knowledge of God. And then we wonder why we have such trouble witnessing to others or describing what we believe, or why we believe it, to others.

J.P. Moreland, in his book Love the Lord Your God With All Your Minddemonstrates how the Second Great Awakening led to the beginning of emotional preaching and impassioned calls to a quick conversion experience, as opposed to a period of contemplation, learning, and discovery of the Christian faith and doctrines. We live in the fallout of that style of thinking. Moreland writes, “the intellectually shallow, theologically illiterate form of Christianity…came to be part of the populist Christian religion that emerged.”

I was fascinated to learn that the Church was once the place where believers came to learn deep theology and robust doctrine, but now that seems to be reserved only for Biblical universities. Nowadays anyone can start a church, and as long as it’s engaging and entertaining enough, people will show up. Nevermind if it’s true or not. (Case in point: The pastor of the largest church in America doesn’t even have a Bachelor’s degree, much less a seminary degree and look where that leads…) This all helps me realize why people are seeing less and less need for the church. After the initial emotion has worn off, what does it really have to offer?

It should not only be pastors, authors, and theologians who study what they believe, but all believers. Jesus Himself stated that the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, strength and MIND (Luke 10:27), yet we tend to overlook this last one and focus on the heart and soul. (Crossfitters throw ‘strength’ in the mix too, I guess.)

God paints an intense fate for those who neglect to grow in their understanding in Hosea 4:6 when he writes, “My people are destroyed for their lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you.”

So let’s not get destroyed and rejected, eh?

It’s not too late for Christians to learn in their understanding of the holy. It’s not too late to learn the meaning and value of our creeds, doctrines, and systems. There is merit in learning and understanding the deeper parts of our faith and I say we start sooner than later.

If you’re reading this and thinking, Gee, I would love to come to a deeper understanding of God but don’t know where to start, I’ll give a few great starting points here, but never hesitate to email me with more questions or comments! I’d love to talk more about these things. Additionally, if you’re reading this and thinking, Gee, I don’t really learn that much about the Bible or God at my church, it just kind of hypes me up, it may be time to change that. Begin by talking to your pastor about it before going church shopping!

Here are some books which are very easy to read and introduce us to cursory facets of the Christian faith:

Delighting in The Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith by Michael Reeves

Desiring God: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist by John Piper

Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis

The New Lonely by me

(The last one isn’t theological, it’s just a really, really good book. ;})




73 comments on “The Dumbing Down of Christianity

  1. Knowledge is a tricky thing. With knowledge comes contemplation which breeds opinions, and opinions are hard to control. It’s much easier to lead lemmings than free thinkers so why not go for feel good, shallow sermons…until someone asks you anything about why you believe in God, let alone Jesus. But when we hesitate and stumble over our words we ignore the scripture that tells us to be ready with an answer for anyone that asks for the hope that is within us.
    I find it interesting that many Christians know more about the Marvel Universe than they do about the Bible and their faith. If Paul was upset with the early church because many were content with only milk, how much more should we be getting into the meat of scripture. We have the entire book instead of scattered scrolls. We have over 1,500 years of church history. We have the freedom to gather for worship and discussion. And we have a collection of great minds to teach us.
    Adam walked with God in the cool of the day, and since we have the Holy Spirit we can live like Adam in Eden. We can have a deeper relationship with God so when questions or attacks come, we have prepared our hearts and minds to share His truth.

  2. Reblogged this on 4th Quarter Musings and commented:
    This author is on to a thought that resonates with me. We need to know what we believe and why. Enjoy the article!

  3. Wow! Great insight. Love the analogy about loving your wife but not knowing anything about her.

    Be blessed. God is with you.

  4. Ethan,
    This article and some of the questions that popped into my head just this morning on the train to work. It’s amazing how the spirit works in those ways. Appreciate the boldness and telling people to challenge their pastor before church shopping. Hope to see you around sometime. Have you heard of Hugh Ross? Thoughts?

  5. *this article ANSWERED

  6. Julia Bate

    “…Emotional preaching and impassioned calls to a quick conversion experience, as opposed to a period of contemplation, learning, and discovery of the Christian faith and doctrines”… the difference is vast. I am comforted in knowing that God who “began the good work within us, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” And, like you, I believe it is through our seeking to know Him more and more.

  7. Ryan Matus

    Very good read, a breath of fresh air to be honest, but I have one question… did you come to the aid of the young women in defense of the Scriptures that day on the coffee shop?

  8. Another great starting place is The God Who Is There by D.A. Carson. You can find the complete teaching series to accompany the book on YouTube under the same title. We need to engage our minds in order to properly love God. The more we know of Him, the better we can trust Him, too. Thanks for giving people a starting place.

  9. Oh, amen and standing ovation! For me, the more I learn about our amazing God, the more I want to know and look forward to spending eternity in this very pursuit.

    To your book list, may I also add a couple of my very favorites? G. K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy, Norman Geisler’s I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Athesit, and Ravi Zacharias’s Can Man Live Without God… Good, nerdy fun (like learning Hebrew)!

  10. Let me add to that list Michael Card’s books and seminars on the 4 Gospels. He emphasizes seeing Scripture through the eyes of the redeemed imagination. His teachings were instrumental in teaching me to geek out with the Word.

  11. Christopher J Mars


    I’m not sure I agree with you. I have been following Jesus since 1981, when I became born again. I was trained in a lot of apologetics through Young Life and Campus Crusade for Christ (now “Cru”), and this was honed at a secular university (University of Colorado at Boulder), so I’m well aware of what I believe and why. Are apologetics important? Of course!

    However, let me offer another perspective. John Eldredge would say the Church has the opposite problem, i.e. ever since the Enlightenment, intellectualism and knowledge have ruled the Church and created generations of believers who have a lot of head knowledge about God, who know a lot ABOUT Him but don’t really experience Him in deep, life-changing ways. Eldredge is fond of calling this the “spirit of religiosity”, and many use theology and Biblical “knowledge” to place God in a type of “box”, where they can make and keep Him “safe”, i.e. a God merely of theology and correct thinking and not a God Who disrupts their lives and challenges them to live out their faith. To wit, my father-in-law went to Dartmouth and Dallas Theological Seminary. He is truly a theologian. Yet it’s mostly just head knowledge. His faith is deep, but I often wonder if it’s merely deep theology. Does he use his extensive “knowledge” of God to really live by faith and follow God into those areas where he isn’t in control, where he is uncomfortable? Nope. Talking to him is like attending a seminary class. I’m not using hyperbole. Yet does he live out his faith by truly engaging his wife or daughters, instead of talking about theology? Does he live out his faith by maybe dealing with his “baggage” and relating in new, healthier ways? Nope. He hides in his knowledge.

    Understand I’m not accusing you or anyone else of this, per se. I’m just trying to offer a counterpoint that I and others share, people who love Jesus passionately the way you do.

    I tend to believe that people aren’t interested in church or Christianity not because it’s emotional but devoid of depth. It seems to me they aren’t interested because all we offer them is “religion” or theology or church activities. There’s a deadness in the church. No passionate, practical, day-to-day experience of God.

    My two cents.

    Chris M.

    • I believe that you were trying to make the point that you think the problem in the Church today is just the opposite of what the author speaks of. That “There’s a deadness in the church. No passionate, practical, day to day experience of God.” You use your father-in-law as your primary example of what the problem is. The disrespect that you showed your fatherinlaw, for all to see, is utterly disgusting! Whether or not you made the point you wanted to make becomes a distant second to the point that you made ever so clear; it is people like you thst are the problem in the church today, and it’s a far bigger problem than the one you think you engaged in with your coment. You see at the end of the day, the “practical, day to day experience of God” that you speak of, ultimately needs to come out of your hands, feet, and your mouth in a way that brings honor to Him. Oh how far it would go were we to simply just love one another. We are all always “speaking,” the question becomes what are we saying, and is it true? Throwing your father-in-law under the bus as you did says far more about you than it does him! That sort of “speech” needs to be smacked down, and smacked down hard! Consider my coment a step in that direction……

    • Jennifer Hegedus

      Very good point. You basically said every thing that I had in mind when I read this article. The truth is, the enemy can use both extremes. That’s why we always want to see if there’s a fruit in that person’s ( claiming to be a Christian) life, because if you see the fruit then you know, that person is growing in their faith and walk with God. Only God really can see and know the heart.

    • David Setzer

      I agree with you Chris.. Passion and infatuation should bring you to Him .. and like your love of your spouse ,you learn new things everyday because of a desire to know them better… Obligation should be secondary …. If you are not excited to share Jesus then you wont abide in Him… Having letters beside your name does not mean you have more or less passion for any subject…. I know and have met more people in my almost 60 years who hold degrees in much different disciplines than they make their living…. To bash Joel Osteen just because he doesn’t have a degree is wrong.. He has his calling and it appears by the success of the Church God is approving it… And no I dont play in the prosperity kiddy pool.. But if it gets a lost soul pointed in a direction where they can be filled with the desire to learn more and experience more about our precious Lord then why is that wrong. Christianity is about the individual relationship the gathering of like minded individuals is how we worship and celebrate together and feed our Spirit… Discipleship is where we take our faith too…. And it has to start somewhere… Just a couple more cents to the coffer

  12. Tom Angermeier

    I was wondering the same thing, Ethan. Did you?

  13. This is why I stopped being active in churches. As I questioned doctrine of friends, churches, family, no one could respond with educated answers, even pastors. i asked questions not to be defiant but because i was confused/curious. This made me painfully aware, most American Christians want only the emotions a church creates and not the practice of learning from God. Also, learning about other religions and philosophies can only strengthen our relationship to God and other humans. A good theological debate makes one understand why you have faith, what your church believes and and how it is perceived by outside eyes.

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  15. Yes!!! More intellectual, theological knowledge, wisdom and conversation! I did not go to a Christian university but spent many evenings discussing theology (I’ve since learned this is pretty much the OPPOSITE of how almost everyone else spent their college friday nights). I dearly miss those times. There seems to be a lack of interest in deep spiritual conversations in my post-college, adult life. Maybe that’s due to jobs, families, netflix? I have also noticed that friends of mine who did attend bible colleges got this large dose of theology and bible knowledge that I never got. They forget other people don’t just ‘know’ those things. I’ve often wondered how to get that bible-college knowledge without actually attending bible college? 🙂 I’ve read the Piper and Lewis book and my bible study is going through the Reeves starting in January. Guess that’s a step in the right direction. Thanks for the post, and the reminder that loving God with all your mind is still something to strive towards.

  16. Reblogged this on People Being Real and commented:
    This is a great read making a phenomenal point.

  17. Hey man, just read this on Relevant. Absolutely love it. Been feeling this pull myself in the last couple of years. I actually started trying to re-write A.W Tozer’s knowledge of the holy into more modern and simpler English for our youth group to get their teeth into but got discouraged along the way. This has encouraged me to get back on that writing horse!
    Every blessing,

  18. Thank you for this article. Sadly this is so true in today’s Christian culture who seek happy fussy feelings over Truth and knowledge. May I suggest that instead of reading books written by people with different religious theologies and religious views, that instead we read the ONE book that will give answers and help us understand our Creator and know Him more – the Scriptures. If you seek Him you will find Him. Our Almighty Creator also has a Name. His Name has been removed from our English Bibles over 6800 times! Our Father’s Name is YaHuWaH. It’s a great place to start to begin to know Him. Be blessed on your journey of worshipping Him in spirit and Truth. Seek out Truth it will set you free.

  19. Have you read “The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind” by Mark Noll? I think you’d resonate with a lot of his arguments!

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  22. I suffered a similar encounter with my medical colleagues over 20 years ago. I was unable to answer any of their “atheist” inspired questions. I ended up asking myself. “Why do you believe what you believe?” Which led to an even deeper question: “Just what do you believe?” The end result of that encounter was a two year journey downward into a deep, debilitating depression. Threes years later, after two years of counseling, I “accidentally” discovered the field of apologetics. I wept as I read articles and books by people like J. P. Moreland. And, I quickly realized that if apologetics was ONLY about the mind, it would lead to arrogance and an imperious attitude. But, if I pursued apologetics for the sole reason of learning how to answer questions in such ways that they pointed ultimately to Christ, then apologetics was a tool. It changed the way I THINK. It changed the way I love. It changed the way I showed Christ to those around me. Thank you, thank you for your insightful and important post. I’m a bit older than you and it is SO encouraging to see the younger generation realizing the importance of engaging the Mind for Christ.

  23. Hi, Ethan. There are those of us who go very, very deep in their relationship with the Lord. My most recent article, for example, shows how Jesus’ ministry is the pattern from which the ancient Jewish wedding order comes. You will NEVER see communion the same way! You will understand why the bread comes before the wine and what each means!

  24. wakarusaguy

    Good point, well taken.

    To your reading-list, I’d DEFINITELY add “Knowing God,” by J. I. Packer. There’s probably no better introduction to the “why” and “how.”

    • I was thinking about recommending the same book when I came across your message. I read it last year and enjoyed it very much. Now my husband is reading it too. I think Loraine Boettner’s “The Reformed Doctrine of Predestination” is also a good starting point. I got so excited while reading it.

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  26. my wife sent me this article from relevant magazine, I think she wants me to go back to church. I was wondering if someone in the comments section could recommend any good books (please, no wordy, substance-less, circular reasoning-happy authors) that deal with topics such as “How does an all knowing and all loving God create people just for a furnace—or why would He create a would-be Satan for that matter?” Or any authors who touch on “if God is the same yesterday as is He is today, what’s the deal with the apparent God with the dissociative identity disorder –i.e OT plagues God and the NT phish eating, crunchy granola (cannabis free!!) hippie Jesus.?”

    I don’t know–I was a dyed in the wool jumper for Jesus. Heard some basic “epistemological” questions from non believers and it stopped me in my tracks. Got me out of the bubble. This scholarly Christianity cleans up nice, but it still doesn’t convince the masses

  27. “Hillsong-deep theology” – a pretty unnecessary cheap shot at a vibrant church that has a theological college, biblically-based teaching, and extensive community support services.

  28. Andrew Dominic Pe

    During college, while asking my friend about introducing new Bible study materials into our discipleship group, he told me to review the basics of Christianity->
    The Love of God, The Fall of Man, the Salvation from Christ’s Sacrifice, and the Need to Receive/Participate in Grace.

    Now that I look back, I realize that constant review of the Gospels remains relevant in everyday life, and regardless of the other books of the Bible or in print nowadays, it all leads or comes back to the life of Jesus Christ. I’d say it’s for this reason that we should never get tired or have nothing to learn from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John as there is always something to practice when we strive to live as Christ did in the Gospels.

  29. well said, and anyone who cites John Piper in any form or fashion gets +25 IQ points in my book =P

  30. Bill Simpson

    I believe Peter put it correctly in 2 Peter 1:5-11.

  31. Great post, Ethan. One question, how do you respond to Acts 4:13?

  32. Melissa Linn Askew

    Thank you so much for this post..must be the theme of the day on FB for me. I’ve had several conversations regarding said topic. My biggest pet peave is that the Church itself doesnt know the WHY of its WHAT. How can we even begin to bring people to Christ if we dont know why we believe what we believe? Yes, that is real appealing to others, isn’t it? Too many shallow Chrisitans out there, happily content and comfortable with no maturity in Christ. However, God wants us to be productive for His Kingdom. The only way to grow in maturity is to study, to learn, to be able to be confident in the faith we say we have, and to be able to explain for others where they are in their understanding of spiritual matters. GOD gave us our minds to use for His Glory . If we are truly abiding with the HolySpirit, He will guide those minds. There is nothing wrong with knowledge when guided by the HolySpirit. The more knowledge I gain, the more confident I am in sharing God’s Truth with others. The more aligned I am with the Holy Spirit, the more humble I become, the more compassionate I become for others. Knowledge apart from the HolySpirit may puff up, but I truly believe knowledge guided by the HolySpirit leads to compassion

  33. God gave us a mind to use. I think in Heaven we will forever be exploring, discovering, and praising new wonders of His creations.
    As a fan of Tool’s music, I would have enjoyed an encounter to discuss with that atheist about how Tool’s dark themes actually point to God and the Christian workdview, and the despair and hopelessness of existence in rebellion against Him.

  34. I may be writing to other commenters now rather than to you, Ethan, but I’ll throw my $0.02 into the ether anyways. One aspect of “intellectual” Christianity that I’ve struggled with (both personally and in an abstract sense) is that outside of religion, intellectual pursuits usually leave room for uncertainty, which itself gives folks freedom to follow what they learn to any number of conclusions. That uncertainty also permits us to to change our conclusions when we learn new things that enhance or contradict our old ideas. What should we make of the folks who endeavor to become more intellectually involved Christians, but whose new knowledge actually pushes them away from their faith instead of strengthening it? Is their response to more knowledge acceptable, or would you argue that they simply studied the wrong information or came to the wrong conclusions?

    Sometimes it can feel like a trap to say we need more intellectually rigorous faith because even though intellectual rigor should allow for an idea or belief to be abandoned, a faith dictates that we not abandon certain ideas central to that faith. For example, although there are several flavors of Christianity by now, each with their own doctrines/dogmas, there are nevertheless some deep-down, substratum-level fundamentals that most versions of Christianity must accept as “capital-T”-Truth, regardless of potential falsifiability: things like the existence and preeminence of the Hebrew god, the 100% real-life happening of a man dying and then coming back to life, and also that we can even be sure that the text of the New Testament is itself a trustworthy, accurate account of first-ish century events. I—and I’m being vulnerable here—have seriously twisted myself into mental knots trying to find a way to remain intellectually honest (i.e. remaining open to uncertainty and to the possibility that Christianity, as a set of real events like the resurrection, might not be true) while trying to pursue a more intellectually rigorous faith. I feel like I just haven’t been able to do it. It feels like the more I learn about the early church and the more I ask myself simple questions, like if I actually believe that someone can come back to life after being dead for days, the new knowledge puts distance between me and my faith to the point where I’m not sure if I can really call myself a christian anymore. It’s a confusing and lonely place to be, if you ask me.

    The easiest way to sum things up is that I spent a good portion of my life asking myself “what kind of Christian should I be?” but now that the question has changed into “is Christianity true, and if so why?”, most of the theological stuff just seems trivial, like arguing over the minutiae of wand-handling via an exegesis of “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”. If we call others to pursue a less “dumbed-down Christianity”, what do we make of the folks who, in the process of learning more, find that the constraints of doctrine, dogma, and belief are too great?

    • “What do we make of the folks who, in the process of learning more, find that the constraints of doctrine, dogma, and belief are too great?”

      Bruce, it is simple: it is their own free will to choose what to believe.

  35. Brian Brodersen

    Thanks for your article, I enjoyed it and agreed with most of what you said. When you referred to a certain pastor not having a Bachelors Degree, I got your point, but would also remind you that there are many men with no formal education or theological training who are and have been powerfully used by God for the advancement of his kingdom. The man who founded the school you attended (D.L. Moody) didn’t even have a high school education. The Prince of Preachers, C.H. Spurgeon had no formal theological training. The great D.M. Lloyd-Jones was a medical doctor, not a theologian. Just a friendly reminder that higher education and theological training can be good and helpful, but it is by no means essential to a fruitful, informative and Christ honoring ministry.


    • Ethan, I think your main point is dead on, but I also agree with Brian and Daryl that leadership of a congregation shouldn’t hinge on a college degree. The apostles themselves were “unschooled, ordinary men” (Acts 4:13). What astonished the Sanhedrin and made them take note of Peter and John was they had “been with Jesus”.

      I think there must be a balance of heart and mind. In John 4:23, Jesus told the Samaritan woman that God wanted his people to worship in spirit (heart) and truth (mind). We must refrain from the extremes of emotionalism and theological training. A wise man avoids all extremes (Ecclesiastes 7:18). Otherwise, we run the risk of making a god in our own image.

  36. Yes, Yes, Yes to this article! We talked on a similar topic in Sunday School this past week. The question posed was, “What is worship?”. Of course lots of the answers you would expect came up: prayer, song, teaching. But the deeper more pertinent answer was, worship is knowing who God is and that only comes from studying His word. When I think of the church over the last several years, I realize how much time we have spent seeing who WE are through God and His word but little time seeing who GOD is through His word. I am finding that the more I study to KNOW God, the more I find who I am in Him and the more His wisdom flows through my heart and mind in a way that permeates passion for people. I can study to obtain Knowledge and let it stop there. I might know the answers but have no passion for God…aka the Pharisees, or I can study to obtain knowledge so I may apply it and become an apostle of Christ. I guess the difference is whether I am doing it for me or for Him? Thanks for the deeper thinking this morning!

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  38. Aaaaaah so much yes to this post. I love it.

    I’ve also written a post about the relationship between faith and reason, you can check it out here:

    Knowledge and reason do not contradict our faith, but can rather assist us in exploring the things of faith.


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  47. Love this article followed it to your blog from

    It seems very timely to me as I was talking to someone about just this the other day.

    I study at a bible college outside of my denomination and I was discussing with one of the denomination leaders the differences in my experience. The big thing I found was this demonianation has a huge emphasis on formal theological training for everyone. One of the fruits of this is the level of participation within it. The participation levels in Australia is between 7.5%-12% depending on how it is defined. This denomination is at 62% which I think it something wonderful. It is worth learning at the feet of these people.

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