Institutional Church = Pagan Christianity?

Ben Witherington shared Howard Snyder's review on Pagan Christianity?: Exploring the Roots of Our Church Practices by Frank Viola here. I find Snyder's review helpful . He pointed out that there are three approaches to church history: 1. the “traditional orthodox” approach, 2.the “secret history of the faithful remnant” theory and 3. the “renewal movement view.” Snyder … Continue reading Institutional Church = Pagan Christianity?

Made to Stick

From my previous blog: One of many books that I value highly is 'Made to Stick' by Chip and Dan Heath. You can find its excerpts here. They were also interviewed in the 2009 Global Leadership Summit organized by Willow Creek Community Church. Their idea matches the format of the Revivalists in the nineteenth century … Continue reading Made to Stick

Goodbye Symbols?

When Stearns wrote about waiving goodbye to Christian America and saying hello to true Christianity I cannot help but to reflect on whether we can separate symbols and belief. Stearns' arguments have their merits. Surely, nominal Christianity has always been the opposite of authentic Christianity, and as America now actually moves out of it one … Continue reading Goodbye Symbols?

Interesting Reads on China for Westerners

I have enjoyed reading Martin Jacques' opinions published in the BBC website and I though it would be good to share them here: Is China more legitimate than the West? How China sees a multicultural world Making sense of China As a Chinese whom speaks, writes and breath Chinese I am please to see that someone … Continue reading Interesting Reads on China for Westerners

Cultural Gap between Theologian and the Institution

In an article titled, 'Crisis of Faith Statement' from Christianity Today, the issue of a certain tension between theologians or biblical scholars and the theological institution or bible colleges was highlighted. Apparently some professors or lecturers of certain theological colleges were having some tough times manoeuvring between freedom of academic expression and adhering to the faith statement … Continue reading Cultural Gap between Theologian and the Institution