Announcements of two upcoming events: non-fundamentalist evangelical Christians are getting organized

Austin, Texas, October 5-6: The Midsouth Regional gathering of the Ecclesia Project: Topic: “Everyday Theology.” I will be giving a keynote address on that subject on Friday evening (October 5).

Alexandria, Virginia, April 11-13, 2013 inaugural national gathering of the new Missio Alliance: Topic: “The Future of the Gospel.” Many speakers including yours truly.

I hope many of you will attend one or both of these as possible.

Caveat: I realize some of the participants and presenters at these events do not consider themselves “evangelical,” but I think that’s because (as I’ve discussed here many times before) the label has been sullied by the media and fundamentalists who claim it for themselves (as if they are the paradigm of authentic evangelicalism).


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  • Bev Mitchell

    It’s wonderful to see this level of organization emerging. And your topic for the October meeting is so central. For those of us in the pew, our fundamental theology is at the heart of everything else. We are often not aware of this, nor are we very practiced at verbalizing it, but it is still the foundation. Sadly, our lack of practice at putting it into words can allow us to drift into inconsistencies, sometimes to the point of harmful confusion. 

    Yes to solidly biblical theology for the masses!

    Just signed up for the Misso Alliance newsletter. Hope they do a thorough web site/blog for those of us who refuse to tweet or use Facebook.  🙂

  • J.E. Edwards

    Will they post the audio from these 2 events?

    • rogereolson

      I have no idea. I will post my talks here after I deliver them.

      • J.E. Edwards

        Sweet. Thanks

  • Josh
    • rogereolson

      Keith Stanglin is one of the world’s top scholars of Arminius. If you can afford them, by all means buy them. Stanglin’s expositions are trustworthy.

    • Fred Karlson

      Here is a link to a review I did on “Arminius, the Assurance of Salvation” by Keith Stanglin. This book was based on his doctoral dissertation at Calvin Theological Semnary.

  • Roger: Just curious. Does a non-fundamentalist evangelical Christian believe in a pre-trib, mid-trib or post-trib Rapture? lol.

    • rogereolson

      I am post-trib. Years ago I applied to teach at one of our Bible colleges–after seminary. The then president (D. Bryan) was very receptive and practically promised me the job until he learned I was not pre-trib. Then I never heard from him again. I later learned that was what turned him against me. I guess it didn’t bother him that “pre-trib rapture” is not in the Bible and was unknown among Christians until about 1830 when it popped up in some prophecies given by Margaret McDonald and a few others in Plymouth Brethren gatherings in the U.K. It only became popular (and then “orthodox” among fundamentalists) via the writings and charts of Clarence Larkin and the study notes of the Scofield Reference Bible. Then, of course, via the influence of Lewis Sperry Chafer, the first systematic theologian of Dallas Theological Seminary.

      • Fred Karlson

        Nice reply on the rapture question. I was first alerted to a decided weakness in the pre-trib view when I read Walvoord’s commentary on Revelation. He admits there that tribulation Christians exist, but that there are two churches – one prior to the rapture and the second for the tribulation. When Walvoord wrote that commentary, he was president of Dallas Seminary and president of the Independent Fundamental Churches of America, whose doctrinal statement is pre-trib. I was constantly warned in seminary that Christians could not survive the tribulation and that was why God was rapturing them out of it (Revelation 3:10). Why didn’t that apply to the tribulation period Christians (Revelation 14:12)? This is a horrible logical inconsistency! Paul says there is only one Body in Ephesians 4, and his own personal testimony never shrank from the privilege of suffering for and with Christ. Bavinck’s section on “Against Chiliasm” in his Dogmatics is his best discourse, in my opinion, a strong answer against dispensationalism.