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Churchthink

By W.R. Harris

Author W.R. Harris raises questions about and offers constructive criticism of evangelical church culture.
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It’s Okay to Be Mad at God

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The gospel of Jesus dying for people’s sins so they can go to heaven is an incomplete gospel
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
October 24, 2022
The problem with “That’s what the Bible says”
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?
08:56
October 24, 2022
Was Jesus’ Temple Cleansing about money? The importance of the Bible’s historical/cultural context
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.
11:42
October 24, 2022
What is Churchthink?
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
October 24, 2022
The Case For Small Churches
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 24, 2022
Rethinking Church: Growth-focused or Community-focused?
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
October 24, 2022
How Millennials Will Force the Church to Change in the Coming Decades
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.
04:23
October 24, 2022
Exercising Discernment When Choosing Christian Resources/Content
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.
04:28
October 24, 2022
Why Christians Should Take a Vested Interest in City Planning/Design
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
October 24, 2022
Oppression, Imprecatory Psalms, and Justice
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
October 24, 2022
America’s Truncated Gospel and Its Implications
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
October 24, 2022
It’s Okay to Be Mad at God
It’s Okay to Be Mad at God
Some pastors and Christians say it’s a sin to be mad at God. But does scripture support that? I don’t think so.
01:58
October 24, 2022
Want to Decrease Mental Health Issues in America? Then Let's Redesign Our Cities and Towns
Want to Decrease Mental Health Issues in America? Then Let's Redesign Our Cities and Towns
The amount of mental health issues and loneliness in America is concerning. There are many factors that contribute to this, but one big one that I rarely hear discussed is city design. We live in isolated bubbles, much too far away from others to walk or bike to them. This decreases the amount of human interaction we get, and it degrades the quality of our human interaction. If we want mental health and loneliness to improve, we have to redesign the places we live in. 
03:59
October 24, 2022
How Does Wealth Inequality Affect the American Church and Society As a Whole?
How Does Wealth Inequality Affect the American Church and Society As a Whole?
In this episode, I interview Chris Staron, host of the Truce Podcast. We discuss the effect wealth inequality has on the church--how it makes wealthy people's voices heard while others may get drowned out, how it pressures pastors and churches to cater to what wealthy people want, how it has the potential to make the church complicit in injustice, etc. We discuss what the church can do to protect against this, as well as how to think Christian-ly about those who are ultra-wealthy (especially when they do things to oppress others). 
55:15
October 24, 2022
(Interview with Dave Ebert): Loving God, Ourselves, and Others Through Depression
(Interview with Dave Ebert): Loving God, Ourselves, and Others Through Depression
In Churchthink's first interview episode, Dave Ebert and I discuss how to love God, ourselves, and others through depression. We discuss signs that other people are depressed and how to help them, ways the church can help depressed people, and we encourage anyone who is struggling to take a brave step and reach out to someone. If you are depressed or you know someone who is or you just want to know more about depression and how to help people who struggle with it, you will be blessed by this episode.  More about Dave Ebert:  Dave Ebert is a credentialed minister, improviser, improv coach, speaker, and host of the Gifts for Glory Podcast, a show featuring testimonies of faith and how the guests are using their gifts for God's glory. Dave rededicated his life to God in January 2013, and shortly thereafter he relocated back to the Chicago suburbs where he's spent the last 8 years using his gifts for God's glory. He founded the Well Versed Comedy improv ministry team in 2013 and has been performing clean comedy all over Chicago-land since. Since 2018, Dave has been using his passion for God and comedy in teaching improv to sex trafficking survivors. Dave has a passion for using the healing power of God-honoring comedy. LINKS: Dave Ebert (Acting/Speaking/Improv Coaching) dave@gifts4glory.com  daveebert.gifts4glory.com booking@gifts4glory.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @realdaveebert Gifts for Glory Ministries gifts4glory.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @gifts4glory Well Versed Comedy wellversedcomedy.com Facebook/Twitter/Instagram: @wellversedCMDY
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January 24, 2021
Our God is a God of Renewal. That is Why We Can Have Joy No Matter Our Circumstances
Our God is a God of Renewal. That is Why We Can Have Joy No Matter Our Circumstances
This is a special Christmas devotional episode.  Our God is a God of renewal. That is why we can have joy no matter our circumstances. 
05:47
December 23, 2020
Are we trying to rationally convince people or are we just trying to be right?
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