The Political State of Affairs

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I can’t believe I’m doing this. I really can’t. Outside of a few vague posts on social media, I have stayed completely out of making any comments about the American political situation leading into the 2016 election for the next President of the United States of America.

But, alas.

I’ve been [primarily internally] chewing on thoughts for some months now and, so, I decided to offer some reflections up to this point. I offer these thoughts not as an expert. Good gracious, no! But I do offer it by hopefully adding a little different flavor to the mix. I share these thoughts as one who has stepped outside the American context and watched it from abroad, having lived in Europe (the UK and Belgium) for 8+ years, as well as being married to a beautiful Brit. Continue reading

American Evangelicalism’s Non-Gospel Message

evangometerToday I was made aware of a most-interesting interview with Tullian Tchividjian, grandson of Billy Graham. He discusses the problem of how evangelicals have greatly veered off-track in what they hold most dear and worthy of proclamation: a political ideology rather than the gospel.

Read some of the interview below: Continue reading

Prodigal Thought Podcast: The Gospel Is Political – But Not In the Way We Normally Think

podcastHere is episode 7 at Prodigal Thought Podcast.

The title of this episode is very odd: The Gospel Is Political. However, I don’t mean this in the normal way we think of “politics”. In this podcast, I share 2 brief points of why I believe the gospel is a political announcement.

Listen to or download the podcast episode below (15:05 in length). 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 Church Engaging in Culture

I’m currently reading Stanley Hauerwas’ and William Willimon’s work, Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony. The book was published 23 years ago, so one might argue it’s a bit outdated. But it basically looks at how the church is to engage in culture, especially the church in America engaging in American culture.

In the second chapter of this book, Hauerwas and Willimon reflect on some thoughts of Anabaptist-Mennonite theologian, John Howard Yoder. Yoder is most known for his defence of Christian pacifism. In one particular work, Yoder distinguishes between 3 perspectives on church: 1) the activist church, 2) the conversionist church and 3) the confessing church. Yoder argues favourably for the confessing church.

Hauerwas and Willimon do not agree with every detail of Yoder’s in respect to the confessing church, but they go on to share their own perspective of what the confessing church should be like. And I was quite gripped by their thoughts in regards to what is church: Continue reading