Churchthink

Churchthink

By W.R. Harris
Author W.R. Harris raises questions about and offers constructive criticism of evangelical church culture.
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America’s Truncated Gospel and Its Implications
American Christianity tends to define the gospel as Jesus dying for our sins so we can go to heaven. But is there more to it? If so, what are implications of our current gospel?
07:19
July 10, 2020
Oppression, Imprecatory Psalms, and Justice
What’s the deal with imprecatory psalms? Are they a product of a bygone era we should just ignore? Or are they a beautiful vision of the Bible’s view of justice?
07:55
June 17, 2020
Why Christians Should Take a Vested Interest in City Planning/Design
American cities are, in general, very spread out. We have to drive to do almost anything. But what if urban/suburban sprawl contributes to loneliness and other social woes? Wouldn’t it be in the church’s interest to advocate for change? Yet how many pastors are addressing this?
08:02
March 18, 2020
Exercising Discernment When Choosing Christian Resources/Content
The proliferation of opinions on the internet is overall a good thing. But its upside is its downside: anyone can use it. That means some Christian content, while it may have a large following, isn’t very good.
04:27
February 10, 2020
How Millennials Will Force the Church to Change in the Coming Decades
Church attendance among millennials has declined, and research suggests they won’t just come back, even if they have kids. What can churches do to get millennials in church? The answer may just change how we do church.
04:22
December 9, 2019
Rethinking Church: Growth-focused or Community-focused?
Many American churches focus on growth. While this doesn’t necessarily mean they can’t also have a vibrant community, it makes close-knit community harder. Churches should consider focusing instead on developing a close-knit community, because this will foster better discipleship (and also alleviate America’s loneliness problem).
06:55
November 4, 2019
The Case For Small Churches
For churches, building close-knit community should be a bigger priority than growth. Large churches have some benefits, but they are outweighed by the benefits of small churches.
06:58
October 12, 2019
What is Churchthink?
Sometimes people in the church demand that others believe a certain way about non-essential issues—so much so that they cause more harm than good.
05:07
September 2, 2019
Was Jesus’ Temple Cleansing about money? The importance of the Bible’s historical/cultural context
If you want to understand any work of literature, you need to understand its historical and cultural context. The Bible is no different. However, American evangelicals hardly discuss the Bible’s context. Put simply, if we did, we’d understand the Bible—and God—better.
11:41
August 26, 2019
The problem with “That’s what the Bible says”
If you’ve been around evangelicalism for long, you’ve probably heard someone say, “That’s what the Bible says.” But is it really a good thing for us to be saying?
08:55
August 7, 2019
The gospel of Jesus dying for people’s sins so they can go to heaven is an incomplete gospel
What most evangelicals mean by the word “gospel” is the following: Jesus lived a perfect life, died the death we deserve, and rose again so anyone who trusts in Him will go to heaven. That’s not wrong, but I think what Jesus meant was so much more.
04:15
July 24, 2019
Are we trying to rationally convince people or are we just trying to be right?
There’s a lot of mud slinging nowadays, even in the church. Is this a constructive approach—one that will actually get everyone to consider all sides of the argument and make a more informed decision? Or will it only generate hostility?
03:00
July 17, 2019