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Gospelbound: Authoritarians Think More Control Means Less Churn

Reading Time: 10 minutes The tagline TGC created for Gospelbound claims it offers listeners “firm faith in an anxious age.” Of course, it does nothing of the sort. Instead, it offers the usual authoritarian blahblah from the most toxic elements in their entire end of Christianity. I’ve saved the most alarming of that blahblah for last: their oh-so-very Calvinist plan for churn reduction. They think more control over congregants means less churn from their churches. Today, I’ll show you what that means — and why it’s such a laughable contradiction of the supernatural claims of authoritarians.

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The Gospel: Meaning and Magic Amid Decline

Reading Time: 6 minutes For years now, evangelical leaders have coped poorly or not at all with their overall decline in cultural clout. As that decline starts hitting closer to home than ever, though, they’ve been leaning harder than ever on a concept they’ve imbued with magical powers: the gospel. Today, let me show you what they mean by this popular Christianese phrase.

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‘American Gospel’ Accused of Being Calvinist Propaganda

Reading Time: 11 minutes Hi and welcome back! Last weekend, we watched American Gospel: Christ Alone. It’s a documentary about the true and accurate form of the Gospel, presented by a group of Christians who think they’ve got it right. Immediately after its release, other Christians who disagreed with them went on the attack. One of their main accusations involves the […]

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American Gospel: Christ Alone (Red-Hot Mega-Review!)

Reading Time: 19 minutes Yesterday, we watched American Gospel: Christ Alone. In this 2018 documentary, Christians bicker and argue about exactly what ‘the gospel’ even means. The documentary makers decide ultimately that it means not prosperity gospel. Today, let me show you this documentary — and we’ll see how well they make their case.

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The Hilarious Glory of a Failed Showdown

Reading Time: 13 minutes Toxic Christians like to set up big showdowns between two diametrically-opposed sides to force other Christians to pick a side they dislike, in order to avoid picking a side they profoundly don’t want to support. That mentality used to work grandly. But now that Christianity is failing, it isn’t working quite so well. Here’s a Christian who tried to set up one of those showdowns, and how he failed on a galactic level.

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The Big Problem with Denominational Infighting.

Reading Time: 11 minutes I’m reading this weird little sermon transcript about “The Difference Between Calvinism and Reformed” and it’s making me think anew about the big problem with denominational fights: namely, that their proliferation and quarrels only illustrates the lack of validity for Christianity’s claims.

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