Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Book Review: Counterfeit Gospels by Trevin Wax













  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Moody Publishers; New Edition edition (March 24, 2011)
  • ISBN-10: 080242337X






For generations the church has attempted to overcome false gospels. Those "lost" sections of scripture that attempted to distort and change the words of Jesus. However the modern church is in a crisis, not of changed words of Jesus but a change perceptions of the meaning of the Gospel. In an attempt to make the gospel more easy to understand, more palatable, less controversial, and all and all less dangerous it has created a counterfeit gospel. This gospel is even more dangerous because it hasn't changed the Bible itself necessarily but rather exchange the dictates and the standards by which we should be held to.
In Counterfeit Gospels Trevin Wax describes the threefold crisis in the church:
  1. A lack of confidence in the Gospel
  2. A lack of clarity in the Gospel 
  3. A lack of Gospel community

The book describes the counterfeits very well. With the "three legged stool" approach to the gospel Wax tells what counterfeits are eating away at each leg of the stool. From the idea of the Therapeutic Gospel: which looks good on the outside but doesn't really take care of the root of the problem, and the Judgmentless Gospel: this basically says we're all going to heaven and who you to judge me? We see this problem very prevalent in the modern church. We don't want to hurt anyone's feelings with the gospel because that "wouldn't be nice".

The seeker friendly attitude that has become prevalent in many churches today has water down the truth of the Gospel. What Jesus said was hard-hitting, edgy, and honestly not as culturally appealing as some might really think or wanted to be. Truth be told it was rather counterculture, but we want to try to make it as easily palatable as possible. Acceptance of the Gospel requires a life change, the difficulty in getting there is that a true life change must occur out of the knowledge of  where a person is, is not where they should be.  Hopefully with books like counterfeit gospel we will be willing and able to stand up for what is actual truth not just easily palatable truth.


I have personally seen this type of counterfeit gospel at work in the church for a long time and it's incredibly disheartening. Mostly because it's something that comes from the people of the congregation. and pastors generally just allowed to continue on. Pastors as the leaders are held to a higher responsibility to stand up for truth to stand up for the right reading of the Word and to know that we are the leaders of those communities. If we are not leading our people, they will begin falling behind and they will fall away. Much of it is because we are preaching a counterfeit gospel. I would recommend this book for most evangelical pastors to read through and truly evaluate what's being said on Sunday morning and also what's being talked about our sermons on Monday afternoon keep in mind just because you preach it doesn't mean your church members are following it. This would be a good recommend read for a small group or community Sunday school class. 

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Sunday, November 17, 2013

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Saturday, November 9, 2013

In the spirit of giving... and Coffee #OperationRedCup

















There is an amazing story floating out there right now about a Raleigh NC mom of two, named Sunny Myers, who after having a "really bad parenting in the trenches day" (her words not mine) decided to post a picture of her Starbucks card on Instagram to encourage people to buy coffee for one another. This has gone viral (of course, Coffee + Giving = Viral Content)

The cool part about this is that everyone can get involved, if you want to participate all you need to do is show the card at the register have them scan it. If there is any money on the card you get to get free coffee MAKE SURE YOU TAKE A PIC and post it #OperationRedCup and if there isn't well then you need to reload it (cheapskate) I recommend putting  At lest $10.00 on it, why not, imagine what that could mean to some other mom (or dad) of two or in my case four... I could use a coffee break, I am writing two papers on the evidences for and against "Quantum Mechanics and its effect on the brain" (sorry don't mean to lose you)





Check out the whole story here:
Free Starbucks Goes Viral 

and follow Sunny's blog: 

Moments with Love

and on Instagram:
TwoSmartyPants

Monday, November 4, 2013

Review True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenge of Atheism


True Reason: Christian Responses to the Challenge of Atheism (Kindle Edition)




  • Print Length: 278 pages
  • Publisher: Patheos Press (March 9, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007J71S62








I have read many of the books on both sides of the debate myself, from God Delusion, God is not Great, Portable Atheist, and many others, by Harris, Dennett, Dawkins and Hitchens, as well as the "oldies" by Darwin, Russell, and others. Being well versed on the New Atheist perspective and also a university level educator. I can say that this book holds reason and rational thinking to the light. It is not personal digs or venting half-cocked ideologies like those who are claiming to be the "brights" or the reasonable ones of the New Atheist Leadership. True Reason is simply straightforward easy to read and logically laid out.
This book very clearly and without the sarcastic belittling (that many New Atheists write with) held the feet to the fire of the outrageous, ridiculousness, and often just misguided claims made in many of the aforementioned books.

I feel like regardless of your personal belief or unbelief, if you are truly interested in Reason and Rationality, and not an obfuscation of bad historicity, poor rules of logic, or sophomoric philosophy (though as Alvin Plantiga says, that is even unfair to sophomores) then this book is well worth the nominal price.

Unlike Michael Ruse, philosopher of biology at Florida State University. Who said "The God Delusion makes me embarrassed to be an atheist."
True Reason makes me proud to be a Christian.