The Shallow Church

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.

3 Responses

  1. John Ayala says:

    Very well said! Great article! Your articles encourage me down the current road I am going in my walk with God. Thank you so much for all of your posts!

    To your point about “The intellectualization of Faith,” I recently heard Greg Boyd speak about the biblical view of the word we translate as “faith.” From all accounts it seems that we have separated belief and action from the word translated as “faith,” which is not the biblical view of “faith.” This particular issue seems to be at least one of the major ways where we may get the wrong idea that faith and works are separate. Thus the strong words of Luther seem to imply “belief” but not the biblical view of “faith.” Thus the way one can easily move to your second point of “The Legal Framework.” Then one can just do away with discipleship if it is only about belief and condemn works (discipleship).

    The way I have been trying to rethink this is – biblical faith is acting (works) as if something is true (belief).

    Thanks again!

    • Thank you as well for engaging with a few of my articles so far (and hopefully many more to come). I definitely appreciate the feedback as well as the continued discussion.

      I’m a regular Greg Boyd listener. The similarities in our thought is not a coincidence 🙂

  1. December 6, 2012

    […] The number one motivation given seems to be that they’ll go to Hell if we don’t. We are told to be afraid in order to make other people afraid in order to get them to become Christians. There’s no biblical evidence for this tactic, and to the contrary I would argue that if we are using fear than we cannot, by definition, also be using love since perfect love casts out fear. Even though it may seem to work short-term, I do think it results in the church becoming very shallow. […]