Tag: evangelicalism

Is it time to teach the controversy?

Posted on 06/28/14 36 Comments

You probably know this phrase as the clever marketing strategy of The Discovery Institute. Right in the upper echelons of marketing slogans, alongside DeBeers’ “A diamond is forever” and Nike’s “Just do it!” we have Discovery Institute’s “Teach the controversy”, a clever plea for open-mindedness and free inquiry as a way to bring intelligent design into […]

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The Devil’s in the Music: On growing up evangelical in the 80s

Posted on 05/13/14 13 Comments

I grew up reading Hal Lindsey books. Beginning with The Late, Great Planet Earth (1970), Mr. Lindsey had a string of bestsellers throughout the 1970s. And each of those books promoted a popularist form of dispensationalist Christianity that read the predicted future of the book of Revelation in the unfolding events of the evening news. […]

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Outraged at homosexuality, but unaware of genocide, and not angered by poverty?

Posted on 03/27/14 30 Comments

You have to wonder how World Vision could be so out of touch with their constituency that they would think any policy change regarding homosexuality would be anything less than catastrophic? As soon as they lifted the ban on hiring practicing homosexuals, the response was swift as conservative evangelicals across North America vocally expressed their outrage […]

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Snapshots from Baltimore (Part 5): Inactive activists for environmental justice

Posted on 12/02/13 13 Comments

On my twitter feed (which you can subscribe to here) I refer to myself as an inactive activist for social justice. Sadly, it’s an apt description. I’ve found it is much easier to adopt a label than live out the reality behind it. (I am also a burger-eating vegetarian and a gun-toting pacifist.) (Okay, I […]

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Snapshots from Baltimore (Part 1)

Posted on 11/22/13 15 Comments

Over the last few days I’ve been in Baltimore at the Evangelical Theological Society annual conference. While ETS just wrapped up last night, this evening the American Academy of Religion and Society of Biblical Literature begins (fortunately at the same venues). Thus far I’ve been intrepid with my microphone and have recorded eight — count […]

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Returning to the social roots of evangelicalism (without becoming liberal)

Posted on 04/10/13 3 Comments

Last year I was running a seminar at a K-12 Christian school for some teachers and board members when I noticed this unassuming display. It reflects a project at the school in which they’ve partnered with an African village. I initially wrote that they “adopted” an African village. But that paternalistic language doesn’t convey the fact that […]

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Medicated shampoos that feed the head lice and evangelical curricula that feed the prejudice

Posted on 09/26/12 13 Comments

Imagine that you become aware of a medicated shampoo which is being marketed to combat head lice. Given the ubiquity of head lice in the community you take a real interest in the shampoo. If it can deliver on its claims you definitely want to promote its virtues. So you run an investigation. And much to your chagrin […]

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It’s not easy being Osteen

Posted on 09/25/12 21 Comments

There’s an old joke about a chauffeur who drives a quantum physicist to an important speaking engagement. Just before they arrive the physicist says “Listen, I’m exhausted and still jeg-lagged. I simply must get some sleep. Why don’t we change outfits, and you can go up on the dais and read my lecture and I’ll […]

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Do liberal theologians intend to change the gospel?

Posted on 08/30/12 11 Comments

It is a truth commonly known that people are generally more aware of the weaknesses and dangers attendant to the views of others, less so with respect to the views they themselves hold. This is a point that every self-described Christian conservative, evangelical and fundamentalist would do well to consider. (Of course it is also […]

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When is doxology theology? A response to Jerry Shepherd

Posted on 06/29/12 10 Comments

In December-January I had some rather spirited exchanges in the blog with my colleague, Old Testament professor Jerry Shepherd. Then Jerry fell silent as the business of the semester took over once again. But now he’s back with some spirited comments in response to my article “What is the atonement at least? Lessons from the ascension“. […]

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