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Evangelicalism

Mark Driscoll Needs a Prophet of His Own

Jack Levison | Posted 08.14.2014 | Religion
Jack Levison

Mark Driscoll should take some of his royalties and hire a full-time prophet. Not a friend but an opponent. Not a pushover but a person of incisive intellect. Maybe not even a man but a woman. Someone like Deborah, who exercised enormous power among Israel's early judges. Like Huldah, whose prophecies led to intense reform.

How I Kissed Evangelism Goodbye

Cindy Brandt | Posted 08.11.2014 | Religion
Cindy Brandt

Proselytizing limits the wildly beautiful story of God and God's people into a sample script. I agree we need more conversions in this world, but at least as many conversions need to take place within the Church as outside of it.

Apostle Paul and the Bible: Fundamentalism = Anti-Intellectualism

Robert Orlando | Posted 07.14.2014 | Religion
Robert Orlando

Inerrancy, literalism, or unexamined belief in the Bible, why does Fundamentalism still have a strong hold on so many Christians today?

When Your Own College Wouldn't Want You Because You're Gay: Evangelical Leaders Ask for Right to Discriminate

John-Manuel Andriote | Posted 07.07.2014 | Gay Voices
John-Manuel Andriote

After the Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision, conservative religionists tried seizing the opportunity to exclude people from their midst whose non-heterosexuality troubles them. The president of my own alma mater was one of them.

How to Be Evangelical After World Vision

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 06.15.2014 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I want to suggest an evangelicalism that truly values mercy over sacrifice, restorative justice over religion, neighbors-as-people over theological gnats. In other words, an evangelicalism after World Vision.

New Wineskins: Why the Church Needs to Abandon Evangelicalism

Zack Hunt | Posted 06.02.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I believe the church is in need of new wineskins. As the past few years have hinted at, and last week made crystal clear, evangelicalism is an old wineskin that is long past its expiration date. It was a new wineskin once and served the church well for a time, but it has become dry, brittle and broken.

Culture Wars and the Crisis in American Christianity

Eric Simpson | Posted 01.26.2014 | Religion
Eric Simpson

The reason it cannot be won is because it isn't real. It's a false issue used by political pundits and cynical politicians to energize an attitude of victimhood for a privileged group who otherwise could not reasonably claim victim status.

Why Protestant Pastors Should Follow Pope Francis' Lead

Zack Hunt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion
Zack Hunt

I'm under no illusions that the pope isn't without his flaws, but when it comes to the Christian faith and in particular being Christ-like he just seems to get it, probably more than any other major Christian leader I know.

Being Evangelical

Greg Carey | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Greg Carey

A sense of personal commitment, a warm, personal encounter with Jesus Christ, and a devotional openness to the Bible provide an adequate introduction to being evangelical. Then again, if you want to understand what being evangelical means, just ask an evangelical.

Concern for Others Activates Evangelicals on Climate Change

Keith Gaby | Posted 11.06.2013 | Green
Keith Gaby

Most evangelical Christians are conservatives, many conservatives have doubts about climate science, so we assume evangelicals are not concerned about global warming. The only problem with that logic is that, it turns out, a lot of deeply religious Christians are very concerned about climate change.

What Makes Evangelicals Different?

Brett McCracken | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
Brett McCracken

As Miroslav Volf says, "to make a difference, one must be different." If evangelicals are going to make any difference, it won't be because they've self-consciously endeavored to repair their PR image.

Chris Hedges and Reza Aslan in Jesus' Service, at Christ's Table

Christopher Cocca | Posted 09.22.2013 | Religion
Christopher Cocca

I happen to feel drawn to both the Jesus of history Reza Aslan proclaims and to the Christ of faith, and that may be in part because, like Aslan, I no longer regard the Bible as literally infallible or believe it needs to be in order for the Jesus story to be true.

Will Evangelicalism Last?

Tim Suttle | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Whatever the subject, there's more uncomfortable tension in the evangelical family than a Sacha Baron Cohen movie. This has many evangelicals wondering if we have a future together at all.

Why I Am Still An Evangelical

Alister Chapman | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Alister Chapman

I still want to call myself an evangelical. I do so knowing that evangelicals have made mistakes, in America, in Britain and probably in every other country. We need to ask for forgiveness for when we have failed

Gender And Bible-Believers: What Some Evangelicals Are Missing

Craig S. Keener | Posted 10.16.2012 | Religion
Craig S. Keener

Those who have redefined "evangelical" so as to exclude those supportive of women in ministry speak only for their own brand of evangelicalism, not for many other evangelical groups

Tim Tebow: A Secular Perspective

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 09.15.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

While secularists may disagree with his extremely public exhibitions of faith, there presently doesn't seem to be much to complain about and a good deal to laud.

Is Scientific Evidence Modern-Day Scripture?

Rev. Michael Dowd | Posted 05.02.2012 | Religion
Rev. Michael Dowd

We are in the early stages of what I think historians will one day call religion's Evidential Reformation. Increasingly, most of us relate to scientific, historic and cross-cultural evidence as more authoritative than a literalist reading of Scripture.

Which God? The Real Difference Between Evangelical And Liturgical Churches

Ben Griffith | Posted 03.21.2012 | Religion
Ben Griffith

But what I want the "Bill Maher"s of the world to know is that the evangelicals' God is not the best form of Christianity.

Should Freethinkers Shun Or Claim The Language Of Spirituality?

Valerie Tarico | Posted 12.28.2011 | Religion
Valerie Tarico

We now know that the moral dimension of human life derives not from religion but from our need, as social animals, to cooperate and live in community with each other.

The Irony Of The Tea Party

Tim Suttle | Posted 11.30.2011 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Liberty is only a virtue when held in tandem with the common good. Societies do not achieve liberty by pursuing liberty alone. Liberty is the byproduct of a just society.

Evangelicals And The New Wave Of Gay Acceptance

Jonathan Merritt | Posted 08.25.2011 | Religion
Jonathan Merritt

Calls for reforming the community's engagement of homosexuality are, I think, having an effect. In my observation, evangelicals increasingly are fed up with the way the Christian church has often spoken to and about gays and lesbians

Carrying Christianity Beyond Left And Right

Tim Suttle | Posted 08.18.2011 | Religion
Tim Suttle

The church cannot become the state, but the church has an obligation to bear witness to the state. To fulfill this role, evangelicals must rise above the typical left-right debate and learn to speak with a voice that is truly Christian.

An Evangelical Social Gospel?

Tim Suttle | Posted 07.28.2011 | Religion
Tim Suttle

Billy Graham and Martin Luther King Jr. were both evangelical Christians. They both preached a gospel which was incomplete without the other. Graham's message needs King's message and vice versa.

Will 'Love Wins' Win? We're Early In The First Inning ...

Brian D. McLaren | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Brian D. McLaren

I imagine Rob Bell feels a lot like I have on many occasions: it's not that the critics have understood what I'm trying to say and have explained why they disagree. They've misrepresented what I'm trying to say and have explained why the misrepresentation is audacious and ludicrous.

Articles About Womanhood, Motherhood, and Beauty: Time to Say Something New

Kate Fridkis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Kate Fridkis

No matter what I do, it's going to be a political statement, and women will be writing articles and preaching to paying audiences about all the people in the group I accidentally affiliated with.