On the Twelfth Day of Christmas . . .

For some time, I’ve been meaning to write something about this blog post by Brad East of Abilene Christian University.

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I discovered East’s blog through Twitter some time in 2022.  It was a great find for me, as he writes as both a teacher (at the college level) and someone invested in the Bible.  I had unexpected pleasure of meeting him this summer while at Laity Lodge.  He was there as a guest of one of the speakers.  When I saw his name on the guest list (which everyone receives upon arrival), I was super-excited.  It was a real joy to talk with him a couple of times, both as Christians and as teachers.

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East wrote the above-linked-to post near the end of an online discussion about what actually gets preached in most churches these days.  There has been great concern about churches and pastors taking more of a “therapeutic approach” to the Christian life, one that focuses on the wellness of life without much connection with the Gospel.  East begins his piece with lots of links to previous moments in the discussion.  Then he adds his own thoughts, which amount to five big ideas.

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Before he gets to the list of his five big ideas, East spends some time talking about sin and the shift that has occurred in churches, likely as a response to what he calls the “imbalanced spiritual formation” from previous generations.  I want to start there tomorrow and take a detour into one of the most important books I’ve read over the last few years.

But more than anything else on this twelfth and final day of Christmas, I wanted (at the very least) to link to the East blog post that I’ve been thinking about for some time now.  There are lots of wonderful things to unpack with it.

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