7 Things the Church Pretends are Biblical

When Tradition Collides with Scripture

I often joke about our traditions by saying they are found in the book of Hezekiah. I’ll quote a chapter and verse and tell them to look it up later. By the way, it’s difficult to find when there’s no book of Hezekiah to begin with.

7 Things the Church Pretends are Biblical

My point — we hold on to many traditions (or preferences) as if they’re founded in Scripture, when in reality, they really aren’t. Have you noticed how the Church does this?

I’m sure there are more than seven, but let me start off by sharing them.

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Pentecostalism, Secularism, and Post Christendom (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015)

About the Author

This is Dr. Noel’s second book (his first: Pentecostal and Postmodern Hermeneutics).  He is the Director of Pentecostal Studies and Associate Professor of Christian Ministries at Tyndale University College and Seminary (Toronto).  With two doctoral degrees: DTh (University of South Africa) as well as a DMin (Acadia Divinity College), he is more than able to speak towards the subject of culture and the post-Christendom era we live in.

Content and Purpose

Noel successfully helps us (most notably Pentecostals) navigate through significant changes in cultural attitudes and practices towards Christianity.  He does so in three parts:
1) The story of Pentecostalism;
2) A case study of the PAONL; and,
3) Lessons and themes that will help us move forward.

Who’s the book for?

As culture moves away from Christendom and towards a secular and post-Christendom culture, we’ll need proper discussion and beneficial study if we want to strategically move forward.  While this is an academic book, the practical information (especially in parts 2 and 3) will help keep the attention of anyone wanting to seriously navigate their Christian faith through a North American (in particular Canadian) context.

How to Pursue Something That’s Outside of Your Natural Strengths

Allowing God to work through us and around us

When we find ourselves leading a group of people as the only full-time paid position, you become all things to all people.  Don’t get me wrong, delegation is a loyal friend.  But there are still many times we find ourselves doing something outside of our natural ‘strengths.’  In fact, sometimes we’re completely out of our comfort zones.  And this isn’t just true for leaders, God is always calling us to something bigger than ourselves. So what do we do when we’re faced with something outside of our natural abilities?

How to Pursue Something Outside of Your Natural Strengths

There’s too much at stake to give up; anxiety will get the better of us if we tackle it alone. So what do we do?

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Fathers, Don’t ‘Relax’ on Father’s Day

Reflecting on God’s Blessings

To all the fathers out there: Father’s Day has turned into, yet another, commercialized event on the calendar. If you love your Father, give him a card, gift, and make sure they have a relaxing day. I’ll be first to say, ‘I enjoy the attention;’ but maybe we’re missing something. Maybe Father’s Day is the best opportunity to reflect on fatherhood.  After all, what makes a father, a father? — kids. What would happen if, instead of focusing on ourselves, we honestly reflected on the amazing gift and responsibility of fatherhood?

Don't Relax on Father's Day

Sure, kids can still celebrate their father!  But maybe fathers should stop to reflect on the blessing behind Father’s Day — their kids.

I look at my kids and I’m blown away that God has blessed me with two of them. Sometimes I still don’t believe it!  The last three years were a beautiful blur of excitement.

Yes, sometimes they’re crazy. Yes, I want to bang my head off the wall from time to time. But I don’t have to think very long before I remember how blessed I am to be their dad.

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