Monthly Archives: August 2016

“The Only Good Christian Is a Dead Christian”! *

Brilliant young professor, speaker and author, George Yancey will be our speaker at this week’s multi-chapter “Zoom” meeting.  Professor Yancey is arguably the world’s leading crusader for a Christian response to what he calls “Christianaphobia”.  The following four books represent his most recent work and his current focus.


7:00-8:30 PM, THURSDAY, Aug 25

Cottonwood Creek Church, Room 202

(South side of 121, just east of Stacy)

*  Who would say (or even think) such a thing?   The following quote is from an Amazon review:

“The only good Christian is a dead Christian.” In our heated cultural environment, comments like this are increasingly common. Sometimes Christians are too quick to claim that they are being persecuted. But Christians aren’t just being paranoid or alarmist. Anti-Christian hostility is real. Sociologist George Yancey explores the phenomenon of Christianophobia, an intense animosity against Christians and the Christian faith. Among some circles, opposition to Christianity manifests much like other historic prejudices like anti-Semitism or racial discrimination. While Christianophobia in the United States does not typically rise to the violent levels of religious persecution in other parts of the world, Christians are often still treated in ways that perpetuate negative stereotypes and contribute to culture war acrimony. Yancey unpacks the underlying perspectives and root causes of Christianophobia, and he considers to what extent Christians have themselves contributed to anti-Christian hostility. At times, criticisms of Christians are justified, but Christians can confront untruths without capitulation. In this truthful yet hope-filled treatise, Yancey shows how Christians can respond more constructively, defusing tensions and working toward the common good.”

Chapter 8 Discussion Questions posted

This chapter provides everything you will ever need to know about Zen Buddhism and Baha’i.  It also provides a few key concepts leading to the “Age of Enlightenment”, the period when so many of the world’s “intellectuals” turned to atheism.

So, what do those “data points” have to do with the “Evidential” faith path?  Mittelberg brings it all together as we study this last, but not least, of the six paths to spiritual belief.

Click on this link to download the questions for chapter 8:

Study Questions posted for Chapter 7 of “Confident Faith”

Our Tuesday group will be meeting at 11 AM, August 16, to discuss chapter 7 of Mark Mittelberg’s book, “Confident Christianity”.

This book is an easy but provocative read.   So far, we’ve learned that there a a number of different reasons why people “belong” to any given world view.  Chapter 7 tackles the question of how to know whether a “mystical” experience is “real” and “right” and “true”.

This study group meets weekly and is open to new members.  We meet every Tuesday at Cottonwood Creek Church, in room 116.

Link to study questions: