Russell St. John

Echo churches

Religion | Many evangelicals want to worship with partisan comrades
by Russell St. John
Posted 9/13/18, 03:23 pm

Evangelical churches have become political echo chambers—and many of their congregants prefer it that way. Surprisingly, younger evangelicals—those 35 to 49 years old—desire homogeneity more than their elders.

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Nine points of personality

Religion | Is Enneagram theory a key to spiritual transformation?
by Russell St. John
Posted 3/01/18, 04:07 pm

The Bible says every human being—unborn or born, young or old, male or female—bears the image of God. But like fingerprints, no two persons, not even identical twins, are truly identical. God creates each person unique, and the Holy Spirit possesses the unique power to transform sinners into the likeness of Christ.

Or maybe all you need is the right personality test.

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On pandemics and providence

Religion | Avoiding simplistic interpretations of deadly disasters
by Russell St. John
Posted 2/15/18, 03:05 pm

March 11 marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the Spanish influenza in America, but the virus left no part of the earth untouched. An estimated 50 million or more people died worldwide. According to historian Howard Phillips, influenza stole 6 percent of the population of South Africa in six weeks.

Many pastors there and elsewhere declared the pandemic a divine retribution for sin. Whether they blamed drunkenness, poor church attendance, general wickedness, or war, sin caused the pandemic.

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