Awakening the Evangelical Mind: Engaging James K. A. Smith on Neo-Evangelicalism

This one has all the makings of a classic boxing match, doesn’t it? James “KO” Smith against Owen “Trampling Marsden’s Coattails” Strachan. What do I mean? Let me give you the breathtaking blow-by-blow. I just published Awakening the Evangelical Mind: An Intellectual History of Neo-Evangelicalism (Zondervan Academic, Oct. 2015). Awakening represents the culmination of nearly a decade’s worth of work. [Read More…]

Great Upcoming Conference: “Remembering Carl Henry” by the Henry Center at TEDS

Are you, like me, a serious fan of Carl Ferdinand Howard Henry? Then you will be interested in the “Remembering Carl Henry: Evangelicalism Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow” Conference. It will be held on October 11, 2013 at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. Paper proposals are due four days from now: July 1, 2013. My TEDS PhD [Read More…]

History Cage-Match: Did Carl Henry or Harold Ockenga “Invent” Evangelicalism?

In a new piece at Christianity Today, historian Timothy George writes of the significance of Baptist theologian Carl Ferdinand Howard Henry. George’s take is that Henry “invented post-war evangelicalism.” He explains himself: Henry did not invent post-war evangelicalism all by himself, of course. He had lots of help from Harold John Ockenga, the Strategist; Billy Graham, the [Read More…]

Christianity Today Article: Atheist Chaplains in Foxholes?

I just had the privilege of writing an article for the Christianity Today Theology in the News column.  Collin Hansen wrote this column for several years.  As one who loved Collin’s essays and counts him a dear friend, it’s an honor to be able to contribute.  That honor is compounded by the fact that the founding [Read More…]

Carl Trueman on How to Keep One’s Soul in the Academy

A powerful exhortation by Carl Trueman to theological students to cling to the local church from the most recent Themelios: The temptation for a theological student at this point, of course, is to make the obvious answer to this: well, I study the things of God all day long; I am hardly likely to forget [Read More…]

Shooting Sacred Evangelical Cows: Credential-Envy

After a little break, I thought that I would fire up the SSEC series once more.  We’ve tackled “incarnational ministry,” “engaging culture,” boutique coffee-drinking, and maybe something else.  I can’t remember. Anyway, here’s another subject that strikes me as a sacred evangelical cow: our degrees.  Before you read on, however, I will require you to [Read More…]


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