A recent discussion here at Mere-O ended with questions about the essence of evangelicalism. Enter Dr. Fred Sanders, theologian extraordinaire, who offers this dandy of a post on “Emphatic Evangelicalism.” Dr. Sanders was a professor and remains a hero, so I’m predisposed to agree with everything he says, but in this case agreeing is easy: he captures the tension between what is essentially evangelical and the reduced evangelicalism that is so common and easy to criticize. Read and enjoy!

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Matthew Lee Anderson is the Founder and Lead Writer of Mere Orthodoxy. He is the author of Earthen Vessels: Why Our Bodies Matter to our Faith and The End of Our Exploring: A Book about Questioning and the Confidence of Faith. Follow him on Twitter or on Facebook.


  1. I was just about to post this link, but thought I’d check to see if anyone would beat me to the punch: nice work, Matthew!

    This post makes me proud to be an evangelical in a time when few evangelicals inspire.

    Sanders also delivered a killer sermon on Acts 26 at Grace EV Free Church on Sunday. He spoke on the way Jesus directly shows up to Paul, as recounted by Paul in front of King Agrippa. The MP3 should be available within the next two weeks at the following link: http://www.graceevfree.org/?subpages/study.shtml.


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