Category: Evangelicalism

One Year Later: Reflecting on Evangelicalism’s Six-Way Fracturing

Skyler Flowers also contributed to this essay. Reflections on the Six Way Fracturing of Evangelicalism a Year Later Critical Race Theory. Afghanistan. Verdicts in Floyd and Arbery cases. Kyle Rittenhouse. Vaccine Mandates. Russia invades Ukraine. Roe v. Wade overturned. Uvalde...

Shame

Shame is, amongst other things, the problem of how to understand yourself and your relationship to neighbor in the aftermath of offending or hurting your neighbor. Given the fragmentation of our society, we shouldn’t be surprised that no one seems...

/ July 11, 2022

Hephzibah House: A Beacon of Hospitality in New York City

And thou shalt be called Hephzibah… For the Lord delighteth in thee. —Isaiah 62:4 It’s no secret that New York City can feel cold, confusing, and unwelcoming to newcomers. And that was true even before two years of COVID shutdowns...

/ July 1, 2022

Evangelization After the Secular Sabbath

For Christians of a certain age, I expect a certain kind of Christian testimony will sound familiar: You grow up in a home with both of your biological parents (who are married), you grow up in and around the church,...

/ June 14, 2022

Historians Behaving Badly

In certain regions of the Western Christian world, the opinion prevails that historians have been behaving badly of late. This opinion, in fact, extends to academics at large. From this point of view, historians are attempting to distract the faithful...

/ June 13, 2022
francis-schaeffer

Winsomeness, Evangelism, and Pastoral Theology

It is an odd thing to see a pastor from New York City presented as the spokesman for a movement supposedly defined by its concern with “winsomeness.” Though I do not know the city that well, my few trips to it have...

/ June 3, 2022

Fear and Deconstruction

In Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s inaugural speech, he told the American people that “the only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” The country was enduring a major economic crisis and would soon face the threat of fascism encircling the...

/ May 17, 2022
book-reviews

Thinking Christian: Essays on Testimony, Accountability, and the Christian Mind

James Spencer crossed my radar in a rather unlikely way. My friend, Allison, told me about the Moody Center which I proceeded to check out. Spencer, a former academic dean at Moody Bible Institute, is now the president of the...

/ February 28, 2022

The Church Will Not Be Consulted

In recent years it has become increasingly popular for churches of differing sizes, locations, and denominational traditions to make use of consultant services to find new ministers and staff for Christian institutions. If you browse the denominational job boards of...

/ February 22, 2022

A Second Fundamentalism and the Butterfly of American Christianity

We live in a time of division, as many of us can wearily testify, but we also live in a time of disorientation. Navigating divisions can be challenging, but the challenge multiplies when we are disoriented, and that is a...

/ February 21, 2022