This is the second book I’ve read (and reviewed) by Gary Gilley. In This Little Church, Gilley evaluates the contemporary church movement primarily from his own background and familiarity with psychology. He finds the methodology and motivation of the contemporary church almost identical if not primarily borrowed from the world of psychology. Our society is so steeped in psychology that we hardly can tell its influence on most things we do, Gilley argues. He uses the term “bait and switch” to describe the religious terminology on the one hand, followed by the familiar psychological manipulation on the other. This side of the contemporary problem is not all there is to it, but this reminder of the danger of psychological manipulation is worth the read.
Who Needs The Local Church?July 2, 2017
This is a day of convenience, quick on-line shopping, and instant everything. It is almost possible for a person to live one’s whole life without leaving the house. If someone can arrange to work from home, the rest is easy. You can do all of your banking online, shop for almost anything and have it […]
Local Churches and Their PastorsOctober 29, 2016
The month of October afforded me a number of opportunities to fellowship with local church pastors from various states and even countries. Though I have written on the local church a lot this year, I want to relate the blessing that I received from my fellowship with these men and also to enhance our appreciation […]
The Local Church of RevelationOctober 1, 2016
All conservative scholars agree that Revelation is the last book to be added to the canon of sixty six inspired books and that the apostle John is the author. John is given his three-fold division of the book as, “the things which thou hast seen, and the things which are, and the things which shall […]