What kind of Christian are you? A lesson from the parable of the sower

Did you grow up in church?

Do you ever doubt your faith, or wonder if you could be getting it all wrong?

The prodigal son is truly the exception to the rule today.

The heartbreaking reality is that the church is in decline. More importantly, it’s the youngest generations that are turning their backs the fastest. Something like 59% of youth, raised in the church, will leave and never come back.

Why is this?

What the hell is going on?

I mean we have bright fancy lights and loud music. We have trendy pastors who wear ripped jeans and printed tee’s right? What more do these kids want?

Maybe the church is simply becoming less ‘relevant’. Maybe they are learning the ‘truth’ at school and university. Maybe it’s social media and the ‘fake news’.

Or is it something simpler?

As usual, I think the Bible can give us some clues as to why this might be happening.

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You’re Almost Certainly Doing Worship Completely Wrong


The Oxford English Dictionary

Worship

noun/verb

  • The feeling or expression of (or to show) reverence and adoration for (or to) a deity.

I think most Christians kind of ‘know’ what it means to worship God. And when asked most will give a nice well rehearsed, textbook answer to the question ‘What is worship?’… something like ‘oh it means to praise and honour God’, and they might go a little further and say ‘oh yes you can worship anytime, anywhere’.

No Christian I know would disagree that worship is something that you can do any time, any where. Prayer, communion, music; all these things count as worship.

There are however a great many churches today, especially the largest ones, where actual worship is something entirely different.

This is a problem.

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5 Powerful Reasons To Believe In The Christian God

An image of a thunderstorm, to show Gods creative power... I guess.

Introduction

“I don’t believe in God, or religion, or any of that stuff because there’s no evidence for God!”

How many times have you heard that one?

Well, that’s about all the introduction that today’s post needs. Here are five powerful pieces of evidence to believe in the Christian God.

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‘Thinking Atheist’ Top Ten Creationist Arguments Debunked… Debunked

In 2009 YouTube channel ‘The thinking atheist’  published a video titled:

Top Ten Creationist Arguments

In the video with the generic ‘mr clever scientist’ voiceover, they go through ten arguments commonly used by creationists and offer a short response to each about why they are wrong and basically why Christians are silly people desperately clutching to a belief in the magical sky daddy.

A while back I published an article 10 signs you’re an unquestioning Christian (Debunked). I thought it was time I did some more house cleaning.

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Apologetics and the Gender Gap: Why Men Hate Going to Church and Why it Matters

Introduction

When I was a new Christian, I noticed something off, but I couldn’t put my finger on it. There was something going on and I knew it had something to with men. First of all, I noticed there is a gender gap in the Church.

But there was other things too.

The way the Bible was presented in any church I’ve been to since I was a child just didn’t… eh. As an adult I’ve noticed that often only one side of the Bible is presented… the nice side.

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My testimony: How atheism saved me and why I care so much about the truth

I was raised in a Christian home. I had the benefit of being raised by a Dad who was passionate about Christ, and about church attendance and creation. My Dad was always showing me interesting stuff from John Mackay the creation guy.

I stopped attending church shortly after high school, spent the first half of my twenties partying, drinking, hooking up, etc.

There are few moments in my life that I know for certain dramatically and instantly changed my life in some really unexpected way.

The first was an ordinary afternoon, catching the train home from the local skatepark.

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Creation and Conspiracy Theories: 8 ‘anti-science’ ideas and what Creationists think

The cover of the National Geographic magazine 2015 issue shown above describes some common anti-science conspiracy theories, but it also lumps creationism in too.

Creationism often gets lumped in with many anti-science conspiracy theories. But is that really fair?

Here I compare 8 conspiracy theories with creationism and see how closely they really stack up.

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God, Suffering and the Problem of Evil: An Introduction

There is suffering everywhere. Why does God allow so much suffering? This is known as the ‘problem of evil’ or the ‘problem of suffering’, both revolve around the same basic idea. How can God be real, and be so good, when the world if full of suffering and evil?

It’s an age old question.

This post is my humble attempt to answer that question…

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