Too Derivative: A Growing Problem With Christian Literature

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I had to think about how to frame this without coming across as pretentious. I don’t know if it’s really possible, so I’m just going to say it anyway and hope you perceive my intentions correctly. I have been growing increasingly concerned with regurgitated, derivative Christian literature that’s being mass produced. I think this is particularly true amongst evangelicals, of which I would consider myself. By derivative, I simply mean imitative; imitative to the extent that I think we, collectively, should reject it. Disapprove by refusing to purchase another catchy but ultimately empty book. Here for a moment, then gone. Trending momentarily, but ultimately unmemorable. I’ve read entire books only to reflect that I couldn’t recall a single coherent theme or progression. Many of these titles are simply collections of anecdotes and lack spiritual depth.

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Why Doesn’t God Reveal Himself?


It’s not uncommon to hear criticism concerning the manner in which God reveals himself, or, rather, does not reveal himself. Specifically, one may ask, why doesn’t God reveal himself directly to every single person? Why doesn’t God provide irrefutable proof? Why can’t everyone experience a burning bush type of moment like Moses (Exodus 3:2)?

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Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.
James 1:26 (emphasis added)

The other week I was driving with our three daughters. My wife was absent, but we pulled up to an intersection where a homeless gentleman was panhandling. Bypassing my usual excuses, I rolled down the window and passed him a few dollars. Really, just a few dollars. I wasn’t thinking too much about it, and I don’t usually give to panhandlers, telling myself they will use it to fuel addiction. While that very well may be true, for some reason I felt bad and gave the guy a few bucks.



box2“If our culture is to be transformed, it will happen from the bottom up – from ordinary believers practicing apologetics over the backyard fence or around the barbecue grill.”
Chuck Colson

Most of you are probably familiar with the phrase “separation of church and state.”
This idea was drafted into the Constitution in order to prevent the government from forcing any religious preference on any segment of the population. Continue reading “FAITH IN A BOX”



I woke up this morning to a text message. I opened several applications before getting out of bed. Oh, and I answered that text message. At work, I turn on Spotify while I get blasted with e-mails, text messages, phone calls (one ear bud in while on the phone. Come on, you do it too). I get a second to take a break, so I pop open some social media apps and maybe take a peek at the news. I’m annoyed by the advertisements I’m forced to look at and listen to. I’m also annoyed by most of the vapid content. When I get home from work I usually open those same apps. I might check the news at dinner. My applications are once again draining battery before bed.

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