Category: Evangelicalism

C. S. Lewis on Evangelism and Beauty with Randy Newman

Randy Newman is Senior Fellow for Evangelism and Apologetics at the C.S. Lewis Institute in the Washington D.C. area. Randy is the author of several books including Mere Evangelism which is the basis of the following interview. Mere Evangelism: 10...

/ February 4, 2022

Power, the Trinity, and Abuse: Notes on the Rise and Fall of Mars Hill

Predictably, the lessons drawn from Christianity Today’s “The Rise and Fall of Mars Hill” vary according to the biases of the listener. Some of those ‘deconstructing’ see the Mars Hill saga as increasing conformation of the wholesale bankruptcy of evangelical...

/ January 25, 2022

Why We All Need Baptists to be Baptist

The liturgy started sleepily this fourth Sunday in Advent, people trickling in later than usual. A traffic jam made traveling downtown to our Anglican parish especially difficult. It turned out the standstill was caused by the Secret Service. As we,...

/ December 23, 2021

The Role of Social Science in ‘Deconstructing’ White Evangelicalism

My friend Jonathan Leeman has written a thoughtful reflection on what he calls the project of evangelical deconstruction. I want to respond, in part because I expect some readers may view my forthcoming book, The Religion of American Greatness: What’s...

/ December 7, 2021

Ecclesial Realignment After the Culture Wars

Last summer, the recently retired minister Ray Ortlund announced that he had been appointed a canon theologian, a teaching office in the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA). That a recently retired minister who held a PhD and had taught...

/ November 15, 2021

The Bottoming Out of the American Evangelical Church

The long shadow of 2016 continues to stretch over the church. I recently attended a social event held outdoors. Masking was the most immediately visible demarcation of political lines among a large group of professing Christians; but behind the masks,...

/ October 5, 2021

Book Review: Enjoying the Bible by Matthew Mullins

Matthew Mullins. Enjoying the Bible: Literary Approaches to Loving the Scriptures. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2021. 224 pp, $22.99. I stood before my class of mostly unengaged private Christian school students in a small Texas town. Masks covered the bottom...

/ August 17, 2021

Book Review: Preachers N Sneakers by Ben Kirby

Over the last couple of years, one of the most fun, or infuriating, Instagram accounts to follow has been @PreachersNSneakers. For the uninitiated or the slightly less active on Instagram, PreachersNSneakers is an account that mainly posts pictures of preachers...

/ August 3, 2021

Racial Reconciliation and the Queen of the Sciences

In the 2013 book Aliens in the Promised Land, editor Anthony Bradley along with a number of other people of color who have served in predominantly white evangelical institutions explain in great detail why, as the subtitle has it, “minority...

/ July 30, 2021
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Thin Discipleship

co-authored with Bob Stevenson We are experiencing a crisis in American evangelicalism. Responses to issues such as partisan politics, police brutality, or the pandemic demonstrate deep “fault lines” — as one author has recently argued. One explanation argues that these...

/ June 9, 2021