Category Archives: Evangelicalism

How Times Have Changed

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As Robbie George explains it, from one THE-ROCK star: I grew up in West Virginia as a Catholic in a Protestant culture, the kind we would today describe as evangelical. We Catholics had the pope — but he was a distant and, to be blunt, foreign figure. Our Protestant neighbors had Billy Graham, the friend… Read More→

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Sola Christus

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Mark Shea channels his former Protestant self: December is the month of Advent and Advent is about not just the First Advent at Christmas but the Second Advent on the Last Day. Accordingly, it confronts us with the reality of Judgment. Lots of folks wonder how to get ready for the Last Judgment. Everything in… Read More→

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Evangelicals to Blame

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Stephen Prothero explains partly why discourse about religion in the United States is so poor (and charged): The religious right argues that religious literacy goes away in the early 1960s because of the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court bans devotional Bible reading and prayer in public schools in 1962 and 1963, which critics argue essentially… Read More→

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New Calvinism is Warmed-Over New Evangelicalism with a Hint of Hipster

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John Turner’s post about Henrietta Mears reminded me of a thought I have had for some time — namely, that the New Calvinism and Gospel Coalition are simply trying to do what Carl Henry and Harold John Ockenga were trying to do in the world of Protestantism outside the mainline churches. Mears was arguably the… Read More→

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If You Can Make It In SE Grand Rapids . . .

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you can make it on Oprah. After the initial battle over Love Wins died down, Bell seemed to disappear from the public eye. He left his Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids and headed out to California to work on TV projects. The Rob Bell Show will premiere Dec. 21 on the Oprah Winfrey… Read More→

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Where Do You Get Your Inspiration?

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I don’t think Dwight Longenecker meant to imply this, and maybe the pitch for contributions to his parish hampered his thinking, but when he suggests that the shortage of priests stems from bad liturgical architecture, I was hardly persuaded: As I travel around the country and see archive photographs of our Catholic churches it is… Read More→

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Hard or Soft?

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Yesterday I participated in an ETS panel on The New Calvinism. (Here is one of the presentations. Here is evident of another ETS sighting.) One thing that I kept asking myself and then asked everyone in open discussion was why so few New Calvinists ask hard questions about the movement. People talk a lot about… Read More→

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Is Warren Cole Smith an Evangelical?

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On the one hand, the associate publisher of World Magazine warns about people who call themselves evangelical but aren’t: 3. Not everyone who calls himself an evangelical is an evangelical. We have an old saying in my part of the South: “Just because my dog sleeps in the garage, that doesn’t make him a pick-up… Read More→

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Piece o’ Cake?

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Not only can Christians put sin to death, they can also take charge of email (and more and more and more). Tim Challies explains how. Here’s point 7 out of 9 on the sin front: #7. BATTLE Battle hard against the first awakenings of that sin. Never, ever allow yourself to play with sin. Never… Read More→

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Is This What A McDonald’s “Chef” Says To Himself?

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That’s the analogy that Kevin DeYoung and Ryan Kelly’s brief for the Gospel Coalition brought to mind. They begin by asking: Should Christians who share many of the most important theological commitments partner across denominational lines for mutual support and collaborative ministry? Are there historical precedents for the kind of gospel networks we see flourishing… Read More→

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