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May 16, 2018
Is There Hope for Evangelical Women?
My daughter and I were walking our new puppy when my phone buzzed. It was...
May 08, 2018
Why Beth Moore’s Letter Makes Me Hopeful
Chris reflects on the significance of Beth Moore as an emerging leader of evangelicalism in...
May 03, 2018
Poisonous History and Its Antidote: Christian Nationalism, Black History, and New Beginnings
On April 26, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice, in Montgomery, Alabama, opened its...
April 24, 2018
Did Evangelicals “Kidnap” the Word Evangelical?
Did evangelicals kidnap the word "evangelical" from other Christians? If so, says Chris, they were...
April 19, 2018
The Church of James Dobson?
Is Focus on the Family a church? It depends who you ask. And it depends...
April 19, 2018
Christianity and Evangelicalism
As prominent evangelical leaders gather this week at Wheaton, IL, to discuss how the Trump...
April 18, 2018
Scamming for God? The Tale of (Another) Huckster Preacher Kirbyjon Caldwell
Today I am pleased to welcome Jonathan Root to The Anxious Bench. Jonathan Root is...
April 11, 2018
Falwell vs. Claiborne: A Report from Lynchburg
What Liberty University and the Red Letter Revival in Virginia can tell us about the...
April 10, 2018
Evangelicals in Lynchburg: A Photo Essay
We recently returned from Lynchburg, Virginia, home of Liberty University and the site of the...
April 05, 2018
Will Beth Moore Help Save Evangelicalism?
"Lord, I repent of ways I've been complicit in & contributed to misogyny & sexism...
March 26, 2018
Can Surrogacy Be a Christian Ministry?
Recently Christianity Today offered Kate Shellnutt’s report of a new baby boom: more evangelical women...
March 22, 2018
Defining Evangelicalism and the Problem of Whiteness
Do you approve of the way Trump is handling his job as President? If you’re...
March 01, 2018
Billy Graham, Again and Again
For me, as for many evangelicals, Billy Graham's death is personal. In 1988, Billy Graham...
February 28, 2018
Black Fundamentalists and Moody Bible Institute
How black fundamentalists responded to Moody Bible Institute's accommodation to racial segregation
February 27, 2018
The Legacy of Billy Graham for Evangelical Intellectual Life
Billy Graham was a Christian college student, president, trustee, and benefactor. What's his legacy for...
February 21, 2018
Billy Graham at The Anxious Bench
I got back from lunch just now and found about four times the normal number...
February 20, 2018
When Did Evangelicals Start Observing Lent?
While they inherited the Reformers' concern about mandatory fasting and other disciplines, evangelical interest in...
February 14, 2018
Race and Respectability at Moody Bible Institute
Moody Bible Institute’s pursuit of middle-class respectability led away from a soft racial egalitarianism toward...
February 08, 2018
Forgiveness or Hypocrisy? Evangelicals, Abuse, and the Witness of Rachael Denhollander
Access Hollywood. Roy Moore. Stormy Daniels. The cast of characters may shift from one scandal...
February 06, 2018
Church History Is the Future of Christian Colleges
A leading historian of evangelicalism thinks that "the study of Church history has ‘a huge...
February 01, 2018
Why Evangelicals Stick with President Trump
I chafe a bit at the suggestion that there are no legitimate or understandable reasons...
January 31, 2018
Cultivating Respectability at Moody Bible Institute
Efforts to secure white, middle-class respectability are nothing new at Moody Bible Institute.
January 18, 2018
From the moment Donald Trump announced his candidacy for the presidency, I have deeply disliked...
January 17, 2018
Crusade University and the Limits of Evangelical Intellectualism
Why Crusade University never got off the ground
January 16, 2018
Jessica Hahn and Evangelical Silence on Sexual Abuse
We are so pleased to welcome back John Wigger to the Anxious Bench. John Wigger...
January 10, 2018
It’s Time to Stop Using Paul Against Women: A Short Reading List
This summer I went to the National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery in London for...
January 03, 2018
Crusade University and the Intellectual Ambitions of Evangelicals
The story of evangelicals' attempt to launch an Ivy League-quality research university in the 1950s
December 27, 2017
It is Time to Stop Using Paul Against Women: A New Year’s Resolution for Christians
“I hate Paul.” I can’t tell you how many times I have heard that from...
December 20, 2017
Jim Bakker and PTL
There’s a reason why Hollywood loves to caricature evangelists as money-grubbing, secretly sex-crazed hypocrites. It’s...
December 14, 2017
Can “Evangelicalism” Survive Trump?
Back in the 1980s, Ronald Wells announced that he would like to resign as an...
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