“There’s a school of thought in church history which can quickly turn into a conspiracy theory, but it’s helpful none-the-less. The Gospel starts out as good news to cultural outsiders- the fringes of society, people who are deeply in touch with their various states of need. In Jesus’s ministry, for example, those folks were the physically disabled, prostitutes, political sell-outs, and other second-class citizens of the time. As the church gains followers, those with influence and power granted Christianity “insider status,” taking a thing for losers and assimilating it into the identity of winners. In that process, the heart of the gospel is lost. The name of Jesus becomes a tool for differentiating between insiders and outsiders, distorting the original message that we are all outsiders but by God’s grace.” ~BRYAN J.