Joshua McNall

Model worshippers and “trendy” legalism

Model worshippers and “trendy” legalism

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  Occasionally, while grading papers or doing some menial office task, I will play live worship music via YouTube. I rarely watch the videos, but when I do I am sometimes struck by a strange observation. In a few of these famous churches,...
On holiness & “hot takes”

On holiness & “hot takes”

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  “Exorbitantly excessive.” That’s the line that caught my eye as I reviewed a recent bit of feedback from my academic editor. The words pertained to one of my bad habits as a writer (apparently, I have a couple): my too-frequent use of...
Prophet or punk (pt. 3) 

Prophet or punk (pt. 3) 

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  In the last two posts (here and here), I’ve examined a question that’s been nagging at me.  What separates prophetic boldness from dogmatic shrillness?   How does one tell a prophet from a punk? While there are many answers, last time I...
Prophet or punk (pt. 2)

Prophet or punk (pt. 2)

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  DANCING AND WEEPING > GNASHING AND TWEETING What separates prophetic boldness from dogmatic shrillness? In my first post, I suggested that evangelical Christians have a problem that mirrors issues in the broader culture. In some...
Prophet or punk?

Prophet or punk?

 Learn more About Voices Blogs  “I can testify about them,” wrote the apostle Paul regarding much of Christian Twitter, “that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge” (Rom 10:2). While I have admittedly mangled the techno-context of Paul’s...
Suicide in America

Suicide in America

Several years ago, there was a mediocre movie made by M. Night Shyamalan, called The Happening. It was a horror-thriller sort of film, involving hundreds of senseless murders. Yet the twist in The Happening was that the linked-together killings were committed not by a...