How to Be Evangelical After World Vision: I Mean, Why?

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In my first post on how to be evangelical after World Vision, I admittedly assumed something. Namely, that anyone would actually want to be evangelical after World Vision.I mean, why?Why would we even want to carry on this label, if the loudest voices driving the popular perception of "evangelical" are the conservative gatekeepers who have fully farewelled the centrist/nuanced, progressive, and emergence voices?Why not just adopt the more generalized "progressive Christian" or p … [Read more...]

How to Be Evangelical After World Vision: The Principle

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When several friends had a conference call with World Vision CEO Richard Stearns and found out that 10,000 child sponsorships had been dropped in the course of one week, I wept. I know there are all kinds of counter-arguments out there to the effect that the kids will be fine because money is pooled into one budget and besides there are a million other faith-based NGO's that do the same thing and it's all just a bunch of progressive political outrage, ad infinitum, etcetera. And I'm quite … [Read more...]

Lines Drawn: Those Who Oppose Gay Lifestyle/Marriage Are the Only Evangelicals

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Today, Trevin Wax of The Gospel Coalition (re-)entered the fray with his breakdown of the current "evangelical" conversation around gay Christians and gay marriage, concluding that only one segment is actually evangelical: All sides of the debate recognize that the definition of evangelical is at stake, which is why some are now publicly casting off the term altogether.The World Vision decision was a tremor that warns us of a coming earthquake in which churches and leaders historically … [Read more...]

Ed Cyzewski: Can We Cancel the Rapture Already?

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I know that Nicholas Cage is “starring” in a summer blockbuster that relies on an inevitable and immanent rapture to scare viewers into theaters, but I’m afraid this little end times ruse needs to stop. It’s time to cancel the rapture.Really. We’ve milked this biblically suspect, historically bankrupt, literary abomination of a doctrine long enough.Did we really need a remake of the first Left Behind movie in the first place? Did we even need the first Left Behind movie after the books? … [Read more...]

Demonstrating the State of Evangelicalism Today

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Today, Thom Rainer posted a list of the "twenty most influential evangelicals in America." In light of the recent World Vision controversy, I think this list demonstrates precisely what is wrong with evangelicalism in America, at least as it is perceived and defined by most people - both insiders and outsiders. Namely, it is limited to those who are publicly conservative in their politics, against legal gay marriage (and hiring married gay people to do charity work, apparently), and limited in … [Read more...]

World Vision and the Damage Done

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What a whirlwind.First, World Vision announced a policy change that would allow married gay Christians to work for the organization, igniting the vast indignation of the conservative evangelical establishment.Then, just yesterday, less than 48 hours later, World Vision reversed their decision, issuing an apology (mainly to their conservative constituency).Several reports cite a nearly instantaneous loss of 2,000 child sponsorships when World Vision made the initial policy decision. … [Read more...]

The REAL Threat to Unity

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As the conversation around World Vision's decision to hire married gay folks has unfolded (or perhaps, unraveled), it didn't take long for certain voices to issue warnings about division and disunity in the church.Sometimes those warnings are justified and helpful, coming from the position of desiring all sides to be fully heard before any judgments are rendered, and to seek to stay together even amidst disagreement.And sometimes they come from a particular side, and, particularly, the … [Read more...]

Farewell, Gospel Coalition

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When World Vision announced yesterday that it would expand its hiring standards to include married gay people, it didn't take long for bloggers at The Gospel Coalition to respond.Predictably, they, along with other prominent conservative evangelical leaders, were quick to draw the line in the sand and keep the gate secure.And, to say, "Farewell":Russell Moore's piece laid down the ultimate evangelical gauntlet: At stake is the gospel of Jesus Christ. If sexual activity outside … [Read more...]

God Hates Double Standards: Fred Phelps and the Evangelicals

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Fred Phelps is dead.And while the Westboro cult itself is refusing to mourn ("We don't worship the dead"), some counter-protesters at yesterday's Lorde concert in Kansas City graciously expressed counterintuitive condolences for the hate-group's loss.When Phelps's death was announced a few days ago, it didn't take long for evangelical condemnations to hit my feeds, some of them fierce, some of them kinder and more forgiving. Some Christians were quick to consign Phelps himself to the … [Read more...]

Pluralistic Society is the Answer, For the World Today

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When I was little there was a popular CCM song called "Jesus is the Answer." Maybe you remember it. The chorus went, simply: Jesus is the AnswerFor the world todayAbove him there's no otherJesus is the Way. The song became something of a rallying cry for the burgeoning post-Jesus Movement evangelical right, with implications for both saving souls and enacting righteous legislation. Yes, Jesus is the Answer for every down-and-out lost person who needs to get saved. And he's also the … [Read more...]


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