Faith or Works? A false dichotomy?

One of the most central ideas in Protestantism is the idea of Salvation by faith alone.  This was Luther’s brilliant re-examination of the letters of Paul which he then used to fight the oppressions of the Catholic church of the day – those who would exploit the masses by devising more “works” for them to earn their salvation. It is taught assiduously to every new convert – including myself as a young pentecostal.  We were not to be like the down-trodden and  “religious” denominations, on a desperate and doomed mission to earn salvation through good works .  We were to be alive, freed and…

An interview with Peter Hitchens

The following is the text of an interview with Peter Hitchens from ‘Relevent’ magazine last year.       In contemporary journalism, few figures have as compelling a backstory as Peter Hitchens. Raised in a conservative Christian environment, Peter and his older brother, Christopher, came to adopt a ferocious atheism. Blazingly intelligent and piercingly articulate, they gained notoriety for their winsomely contrarian styles.   But while Christopher would go on to become one of the modern age’s most famous atheists—or, to use his phrase, anti-theists—the younger Hitchens brother followed a different path. Peter left the Trotskyism of his teens and became one…

Can anything good come out of Mark Driscoll’s Mars Hill? Well apparently yes!

From Cross Walk Elder and worship leader Zach Bolen has resigned from Mars Hill Ballard. Bolen, a high profile elder at Mars Hill, is the leader of Citizens, a popular band which has become well known outside of Mars Hill circles. The band’s first album, the eponymous disc Citizens, was released in March 2013 and has enjoyed critical and commercial success. Bolen served at Mars Hill University District prior to coming to Ballard in February of this year. Bolen was one of the most popular and accomplished worship leaders at Mars Hill. Bolen’s resignation comes amid significant staff changes at Mars Hill…

5 Controversies That Still Plague the Church

By Bonnie Kristian May 28, 2014 “What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun,” says the teacher in Ecclesiastes—and nowhere is this more true than in Christian controversies. While arguments about divisive subjects like the role of women may be new to us, it’s all but guaranteed that the saints who have gone before us wrestled with these very issues hundreds of years ago. And here’s the good news: Those hundreds of years have put many of these works in the public domain, which means you can benefit from the wisdom of…

A Dear John Letter to John Calvin

Dear John, Ok, first off I know, “Dear John” letters are usually written between former lovers and we were never even friends. But, John, I tried. I really, really did. I’ve heard for so long that my frustrations with Calvinism were really due to your Neo-Calvinist followers giving you a bad name. That made sense to me. After all, I couldn’t believe that some of the rephrensible and callous things being said and taught today would be derived directly from someone of your theological prowess. So, I wanted to give you a chance at redemption in my eyes. Since you’ve been, um,…

Shot For Asking A Question: What We Can Learn From The Jars of Clay Fallout

by: Benjamin L. Corey Dan Haseltine, lead singer of Jars of Clay, is learning the hard way that questions are frowned upon in these parts. After a show in Australia he was invited to sit on a panel discussion where some of the co-panelists were lobbyists fighting against the legalization of same sex marriage. After the discussion, Haseltine realized he actually hadn’t given the entire subject enough thought, and wanted to process some questions to formulate a more thoughtful position. As he describes on his blog: “I was immediately aware that I had not given much attention to the dialogue about gay…