Lord, Spite Our Worldly Expectations

John 6:22-59 describes one of the many uncomfortable encounters between Jesus and the Jewish people who had totally misunderstood the point of the Old Testament prophecies, rituals, and commandments (which were meant to anticipate Christ). In summary, a group of people approach Jesus the day after he miraculously fed more than 5,000 people with only…

The Pragmatism Gospel | by Devynn

“Then he said to his disciples, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.‘” | Matthew 9:37-38 (ESV) The Pragmatism Gospel looks upon this image in Scripture with wonder and awe. It becomes enamored with the vision of…

The Purity Gospel

One night when I was about 15 years old, I had a peculiar dream. At least, it seemed peculiar to me. In this unusually long and vivid dream, I was married and had several young children. There wasn’t much else to it besides this. It was very ordinary and uneventful, but there was a sense…

The Prosperity/Positivity Gospel

When I came out of the Southern religious culture that upholds a fragmented, inconsistent, willfully ignorant perspective of the Christian faith, the Word of Faith movement was very attractive to me. The aura of passion and relevance surrounding its key figures was captivating. I marveled at their “big,” boundless view of God, which seemed to…

SERIES: Popular False Gospels

For a while now I’ve been meaning to publish my personal testimony regarding different theological viewpoints. What I found interesting as I drafted the post is that it was a very multifaceted journey. I tend to describe it with a focus on one particular false gospel that I had believed before God brought me to…

No Other Gods

2 Kings 17 describes the Assyrian capture of Israel and the Assyrian king’s resettlement of Samarian land. He brings in several groups of people with pagan backgrounds who worship a multiplicity of false gods – people from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim (v. 24). It’s specifically noted that they “did not fear the Lord”…

Update . . . From Kansas | 4/24/2020

Along with the rest of the world, we Hagemans are trying to figure out what life is supposed to look like in the midst of a pandemic (as well as the arrival of a newborn). We had been planning to move to Colorado in April of 2020 from northern Virginia since last summer; but as…

Believer, You Are Not Your Own

You know those moments when you come across a quote that seems like it was written for the sole purpose of making you, personally, question your entire approach to life? It happened again today while I was casually scrolling Facebook (I almost included “minding my own business,” but that’s the opposite of what we do…

What Is A Pharisee? What Is True Righteousness?

The Sermon on the Mount was one of the first passages I tried to memorize upon discovering the Bible in high school. Yes, all three chapters. I was a bit of an overachiever throughout the first few years of my Christian walk, and the idea of having all those moral guidelines recorded to memory really…

We Can’t Live For Earthly Breakthroughs

A couple of months ago, an internet acquaintance of mine, Joshua Arnold, shared a profound thought: “I’d rather have a breakdown that has me cleaving to Christ than a ‘breakthrough’ in something worldly and vain that may charm me into thinking I don’t need to desperately depend on Christ in every moment.” This sentiment runs…

Stop Asking The “Relationship Or Religion” Question

I have lived and affirmed both sides of the “relationship or religion” controversy in my relatively short twenty-two years of life. Growing up in the South amidst fundamentalist communities (as well as the weird amalgamation of Eastern spirituality which characterizes Asheville, my hometown) has enabled me to find a comfortable seat on the pendulum ride…

Does The Reformation Still Matter?

The following excerpt is derived from Why the Reformation Still Matters by Michael Reeves and Tim Chester, published by Crossway in 2016. “I was watching a television documentary recently when the presenter said, ‘In many ways the Reformation and the bitterness and division it represents reminds us of the worst aspects of our religious instincts.’…