Deconversion, Deconstruction, and Repentance


In a somewhat recent innovation, many have embraced "deconstruction", or deconversion. In and of itself, to self-examine faith is a good thing. The eleventh-century Christian philosopher Anselm of Canterbury spoke of "faith seeking understanding," which is "an active love of God seeking a deeper knowledge of God." Unfortunately, this is not the kind of faith seeking understanding that's going on in much of the deconstruction stories today.

Faithfulness Doesn't Make the Headlines

man dad reading the newspaper

Faithful efforts do not make for good copy and will never adorn the top of a newspaper. And yet, there are more Christians living out the gospel in this way than there are who exploit Christianity for their own ends. There can be a temptation to see only the good and turn a blind eye toward the bad, but there can be an equally powerful pull to only see the bad and never see the good. Ultimately, the story of God’s work in the world through His Church will always be a somewhat messy story, one marked by both pockets of hope and images of despair.

Jesus Is Inviting You

People in the street, Interest in socialism is declining among American adults

One of the most important effects of embracing a deliberate, self-conscious Christian worldview, and losing the sacred-secular distinction so many Christians have absorbed from the world around us, is seeing the depth, the breadth, and the width of the Lordship of Jesus Christ in every sphere of life. Once we see life this way, our understanding of serving Jesus is radically re-shaped in light of the unassailable, undefeatable, and advancing Kingdom of God.

Four Temptations and an Amazing Story of Courage and Faith

People in church, four temptations and an amazing story of faith and strength

In recent days, I’ve been asking myself why the crisis of Christian leadership is so acute in our day. Is it that our 24/7 news and social media platforms make it easier to report and read about clergy abuse? Is it that a hostile culture and media amplify every story of clergy failure to reinforce their agenda for replacing Christianity with their secular ideology? Undoubtedly these are part of the answer. But I’m convinced that there’s a deeper story at work in our day, one that affects and can infect every Christian in our culture, myself included.