Author archive: Dr. Joel McDurmon

An open letter to Erick Erickson: Reasons to dump the pessimistic eschatology
Aug 29, 2014
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Thank you, mogul Erick Erickson, for showing us clearly the soft underbelly of the mainstream Christian right in America: pessimistic eschatology. I, and others, have of course said this for some time now. You have now exposed it openly, and have admitted that your eschatology dictates general hopelessness in your considerable political activism. After […]
The testimony of Kesep-Zaqan Ben-HaShulchanim (on true religion, angry men, and national greatness)
Aug 27, 2014
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The testimony of KESEP-ZAQAN BEN-HASHULCHANIM: I’ll never forget the first time it happened. I watched the curious man with a small band of followers sit at the edge of the outer court of the Temple, patiently braiding small cords together. He must have done it for the better part of an hour. He spoke to […]
The damaging myth of “Relationship not Religion”
Aug 25, 2014
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We’ve all heard it and probably said it at one point: “Christianity is not a religion but a relationship with Christ.” I have heard this repeated countless time in many settings and for many reasons. I first heard it regularly when in my late teens I started attending an Assemblies of God church. It was […]
Inglorious Kingdoms – NEW eBook
Aug 21, 2014
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I have compiled most of my “two kingdoms”-related essays into one place—now available as an eBook, in all eBook formats. Inglorious Kingdoms: Saving the Public Square from the Tyrannies of Bad Theology includes theological and historical essays, as well as critiques of the view of radical “two kingdoms” theology being leveraged by some theologians today in an […]
Poll confirms pulpit cowardice and moneygrubbing; Let’s address this now
Aug 20, 2014
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What I have suspected and stated for some time now has been confirmed in hard numbers by George Barna: pastors know and believe that the Bible speaks to social and political issues, but are afraid to preach about it from the pulpit. In times past, writers like me have been condemned for “attributing motives” on […]
Drones to Defeat Tyranny
Aug 18, 2014
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A young man rather naively flew his private drone over the Forbidden City, and several other sensitive places, in Beijing. He captured breathtaking HD footage with the attached GoPro. The Chinese authorities were somewhat breathless as well. They invited him in for some polite discussion in a dimly-lit room, and confiscated his drone for the […]
Carl Trueman’s total surrender (and the “exile” theologians)
Aug 13, 2014
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Recently I wrote about an “admission” from Kevin DeYoung of how some theologians run to two-kingdoms theology because it provides a “bulwark against theonomy and reconstructionism.”[1] But that was nothing compared to the level of candor we have now gotten from Carl Trueman. I never expected this. But I have to say, as much as […]
The reason for this illegal immigration scare
Aug 11, 2014
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All I’ve heard about the recent illegal immigration hype is that Obama is orchestrating this to bring about amnesty and to flood the U.S. with new Democrats. Well, it is orchestrated, but not for the reasons you may be led to believe. Specific Answers has a great article exposing an inconvenient statistic that you won’t […]