Myths & Cliches of Christian Spirituality IV: “Just Follow Your Heart”

Another dangerous cliche dispensed regularly in Western Christendom with the authority of a biblical proverb is “just follow your heart.”  This is an encouragement to trust in our feelings, hunches, and emotions. I once sought godly counsel for a long bout of spiritual depression.  When I began emptying my internal angst all over one of…

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Myths & Cliches of Christian Spirituality II: “X”-tremism (the more normal, the less spiritual)

My generation has been assigned a letter.  It is an edgy, scandalous letter.  It is the letter “X.” And this letter, of course, has been used as a marketing emblem in the church subculture to reach young people. “Extreme” became a buzzword.  But dropping off the initial “E” apparently produced an even greater effect.  Young…

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