July 3, 2015

Just in case you’re wondering . . . mission

Just in case you’re wondering . . . I believe in Christian mission. One of the greatest debts I owe to my evangelical background is that it gave me a heart to serve others. To be sure, I have often been critical of evangelicalism’s priorities in the ways it goes about serving, and I have […]

Just in case you’re wondering . . . holiness

If with Christ you died to the elemental spirits of the universe, why do you live as if you still belonged to the world? Why do you submit to regulations, “Do not handle, Do not taste, Do not touch”? All these regulations refer to things that perish with use; they are simply human commands and teachings. These have indeed […]

Just in case you’re wondering . . . conversion

Just in case you’re wondering, I believe in conversion. Conversion has always been one of the main emphases of the evangelicalism that grew out of the revivalism of the past two hundred years. “Conversionism” is yet another of the four distinctives Daniel Bebbington identified as characteristic of the movement. He described it as “the belief that […]

Just in case you’re wondering . . . the Bible

Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all day long. • Psalm 119:97, NRSV • • • Just in case you were wondering, I love the Bible. I learned this from my life in evangelicalism. One key characteristic of evangelical Christianity is its commitment to the Bible as God’s Word. The evangelical […]

Just in case you’re wondering . . . a new series

Just in case you’re wondering . . . a new series We begin a new series today. Some of the comments from last week’s post on our new banner and site purpose statement led me to think it important to clarify what it means to me to be “post-evangelical” and to frame that in more […]

Rachel Held Evans: An excerpt from “Searching for Sunday”

We’ll take a break from John Walton today and pick up the discussion next week. I had hoped to complete the series today, but I would like to discuss a few more of his concepts and need a bit of time to get my thoughts together. In a couple of weeks, we will blog through […]

What Michael continues to teach me about the one holy, catholic, and apostolic church

I believe in one holy, catholic, and apostolic church, but regret that it doesn’t exist. • William Temple • • • Michael Spencer has been one of my best, most reliable guides in the post-evangelical life I now live. I find it ironic that, at this stage of my life, our experiences of church mirror each other. […]

They’ll know we are Christians by our language

I passed a church sign the other day. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to stop and take a picture of it to show you, but I haven’t been able to get it out of my mind since I saw it. The sign said: God makes useful saints Out of useless sinners. Believe me, I understand black/white, […]

Nostalgia. As bad as relevance.

Nostalgia. It’s as bad for you as “relevance.” Sunday in church, the pianist played a lovely arrangement of the old Maranatha! chorus, “I Love You, Lord.” Then in response, we sang another chorus that has been a big part of my adult Christian experience, “Give Thanks.” In the more traditional service at our church, we sprinkle […]

You can take the boy out of evangelicalism . . .

You can take the boy out of evangelicalism, but you can’t take the evangelical out of the boy. I’m coming to terms these days with the fact that I’m a spiritual mongrel, and one of the strong components of my spiritual makeup is my evangelical heritage (in the modern sense of the word — the […]