Tag: evangelicalism

With a grin: rejecting the victim’s stance

One of the great follies of our day is that every group’s story has become a tragedy. Our society has increasingly embraced a discourse of victimization, in which every subculture tends to define itself in terms of grievances created by...

/ October 10, 2012

“He Desires a Noble Task” The Erosion of the Evangelical Pastorate

The evangelical church has a problem. We’re going to run out of good pastors. For a variety of reasons, we are failing to sufficiently prepare the next generation of church leadership. I doubt this particular problem will ever feel like...

/ September 3, 2012

Only One Center: Reorienting Evangelical Theology on Christ

If evangelicals have a singular strength, it is a willingness to disagree over secondary issues while agreeing on the centrality of the gospel, inerrancy, and conversionism. This has given us enormous flexibility to cooperate on missions, charity, social justice, and...

/ August 21, 2012

Evangelical Tracts and Real Art: Gungor and Creation’s Goodness

You know music has power when it has you shivering while running in hundred-degree heat. Güngör’s Ghosts Upon the Earth is like that, though. From the opening track, the album screams its willingness to be and do something terribly different...

/ July 18, 2012

Dwight Moody, Heaven, and the Resurrection of the Body

N.T. Wright’s works have had many good effects.  Inspiring eager readers to police people’s use of heaven is not one of them.  “Heaven” in much of evangelical discourse functions as shorthand for a whole nexus of ideas that are, well,...

/ June 14, 2012

A Faith of our Own: A Review of Jonathan Merritt’s New Book

Jonathan Merritt is a friend, someone who I think very highly of and who has been enormously kind to me.  We don’t always agree, as I outline in my review of his new book A Faith of our Own, but...

/ May 25, 2012