I have a previous post on “Media Opinions on Christianity or Religion that Fail to Stir My Interest” and in the interest of fairness, I also have a list of Christians or Christian places that I tend to avoid. Essentially, I find they have little interesting to talk about, are often uncritical of themselves, and repeat mantras or maxims as if they’re faith itself and in quantities that rival Hare Krishnas. I also find that the questions I care about are normally peripheral questions, no matter how much I argue them to be recognized as vital and important. The inverse seems to be true as well, I don’t care for Arminianism vs Calvinism debates, among other theological bogs. I feel quite happy to not have used words like supralapsarianism for quite some time.
Now, this does not mean I will not talk to you if you are one of those people, and in fact, I find I end up engaging such people quite often, while trying to be loving. However, and this is the essential criteria for this list, often I find that these conversations drain me, rather than energize. Such a “discussion” that drains people, kills people inside.
1. Christian non-profit groups from Colorado Springs.
2. 700 Club
3. Bruce Wilkinson and his little books (the prayer of Jabez is one of them).
4. Purposed Driven _______ .
5. Most any church with a tv station (which probably means its a mega church as well).
6. John Piper/Wayne Grudemn/Millard Erickson/John Eldredge/John MacArthur
7. Piper fans and this neo-reformed movement (which includes Mark Driscoll if you’re confused what I’m talking about).
8. Metaphysical arguments about the existence of or proof for God.
9. Dispensationalism, i.e. John Hagee.
10 + 1. Joel Osteen
Have I missed any?