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 contrast with the belief system I had inherited – a … Continue reading The Prosperity/Positivity Gospel
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 the true gospel of Christ, but in reality, there were … Continue reading SERIES: Cherished False Gospels of the Western Church
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” when they first settled there . . . and as … Continue reading No Other Gods
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 the situation with COVID-19 began to carry more implications on … Continue reading Update . . . From Kansas | 4/24/2020
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 on social media). Anyway, a post by the Risen Motherhood … Continue reading Believer, You Are Not Your Own
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 appealed to me. But it didn’t appeal to me because … Continue reading What Is A Pharisee? What Is True Righteousness?
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 contrary to the advice of popular Christian culture (let alone … Continue reading We Can’t Live For Earthly Breakthroughs
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 from one extreme to the other. God has been faithful … Continue reading Stop Asking The “Relationship Or Religion” Question
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.’ I can rewind my television, so I was able to … Continue reading Does The Reformation Still Matter?
Something that Reformed believers are regularly rebuked for is their passion for exposing false prophecy and unbiblical teaching. I’ve been as “guilty” of this passion as the next person, and I say “guilty” because I definitely don’t hold the popular opinion that exposing false doctrine is on the Top Three Worst Sins list. But I truly have been guilty in the past of forgetting love … Continue reading Theological Hypocrisy And Humility
I grew up going to church, but I never heard much about the book of Jude. It sits in the very back of the Bible next to Revelation – somewhat dwarfed in contrast – and there isn’t generally a whole lot of attention paid to it compared to some of the other epistles and gospel accounts. If we would dive into it, however, we’d find … Continue reading Contend For The Faith
Love is arguably one of the attributes of God that people most often twist and tarnish. R.C. Sproul says that “the problem in our culture is a view of God that carries with it a cheap view of love, and a sense of love by which all the other attributes of God are removed or stripped from his character and swallowed up by one attribute, … Continue reading What Does “God Is Loving” Mean?