Scandal of the Evangelical Memory

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Over at the Missio Alliance blog, Geoff Holsclaw, affiliate professor of theology at Northern Seminary and co-pastor at Life on the Vine on the north side of Chicago, has been sharing an interesting series entitled, Scandal of the Evangelical Memory. It’s a play off the title of Mark Noll’s book, The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind.

Thus far, Holsclaw has posted 3 of 5 articles in the series. I think it’s well worth your time to read. Continue reading

New Series at Respectful Conversation: Evangelicals & Politics

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A couple of months ago, I pointed out a newer blog which I’ve been frequenting as of late. It’s known as Respectful Conversation. Simply stated, I love that blog title.

It’s headed up by Harold Heie, a Senior Fellow at The Colossian Forum and at the Center for Faith & Inquiry at Gordon College and, as stated on the blog, he offers some thoughts as to the purpose of why it’s been created:

That better way is to create welcoming spaces for those who disagree with one another to have respectful conversations. As a Christian, I believe this better way is integral to the call for Christians to love others, for a deep expression of love for another person is to provide a safe, welcoming space for that person to disagree.  That goal can be shared with all persons of good will, whatever their religious or non-religious convictions.

Such rings true to my heart – that true dialogue could take place amongst Christians of differing perspectives and traditions. Unfortunately, such is not always the case. Of course, Christlike love is not a mish-mash way where nothing actually matters. But true dialogue begins by loving well and listening well to one another. Continue reading

The Bigger Gospel Story

imagesWhen we think about the gospel, many people equate it with things like salvation or justification. It’s in line with typical evangelical thought.

But in his book, The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited, Scot McKnight says that evangelicals (named after the evangel, or gospel) have become much too soterian, or simply stated, too focused on the plan of salvation. This has made us miss what is central to the gospel, the evangel.

Of course, McKnight has no problem with the plan of salvation. He simply challenges us with the reality that the gospel and the plan of salvation are not the same thing. The evangel is proclaimed and, subsequently, people believe that message of good news and are saved (or they can also reject this good news).

So you’ll find McKnight stating things like this: Continue reading

Respectful Conversation

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Every so often, I post links to favourite blogs or websites that I frequent. Of course, if you scroll down and check out the right sidebar on my blog, you’ll see various blogs (under Blogroll) and websites (under links) that I visit on some kind of regular basis.

Today, I want to make you aware of a newer site/blog that begun just over two months ago. It’s entitled Respectful Conversation.

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Mere Churchianity

mere_churchianity1-1There was a famous Christian not too long ago who went by the name Clive Staples Lewis. He was better known as C.S. Lewis. His most well-known, non-fiction work was entitled Mere Christianity – a look at some of the reasonable and practical evidence concerning the truth of Christ and the Christian faith.

A few years back, a not-as-well-known pastor-teacher, Michael Spencer, released his first and only book, Mere Churchianity. You can see the play off of Lewis’s title. Michael was the beloved Internet Monk where he had been blogging for quite a few years. Spencer was probably more known for his posts, The Coming Evangelical Collapse, than anything else. Hey, it made the Drudge Report back in March of 2009!

The unfortunate thing is that, right before Mere Churchianity was released in June 2010, Spencer passed away due to cancer. He never was able to hold a copy in his own hand.

But his legacy continues, both through his book and his blog. Continue reading