True confessions

The confession of evil works is the first beginning of good works. — Saint Augustine Walk into almost any Christian congregation in America and you'll find kind, smiling people, well-dressed and freshly-scrubbed. You'll discover families holding hands, beautiful babies cooing and gurgling, fluffy ... Continue reading

Faking church, faking faith

Paula at Listen In has written a review of an interesting book: Faking Church: the Subtle Defection by Dan Schaeffer. Faking Church ties in well with some of the thinking behind my recent post, The Great Pretenders. No one wants to be called a faker, says Dan Schaeffer, co-pastor of Shoreline ... Continue reading

The great pretenders

Oh-oh, yes I’m the great pretender, Pretending that I’m doing well. My need is such I pretend too much; I’m lonely but no one can tell. —The Great Pretender, The Platters, words and music by Buck Ram Be on your guard against yeast—I mean the yeast of the Pharisees, which is sheer pretence. For ... Continue reading