Breaking Wesleyanabaptist: A Story of (Resistible) Grace

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This post was first published at A Deeper Story.The senior pastor pulled me aside and, in his infamous dramatic baritone, directed me on how to lead the small group.“I need you to emphasize reprobation,” he said. “I believe it’s essential to understanding the gospel. And these people are way too soft when it comes to the absolute sovereignty of God. I’m a supralapsarian, you know.”The rigid small group structure of this Reformed Baptist church was such that each group had one leader a … [Read more...]

Not Perfect Leaders, Humble Leaders

There's no such thing as a perfect leader.Every leader makes mistakes, every leader has done hurtful things, and every leader is on a trajectory of development. If we believe in leadership at all in the church - and I, for one, do - then we've got to be real about the fact that no one is going to do it exactly right. No, not even one.And if your perspective on leadership is based on the expectation of perfection, then you will likely be driven to cynicism and despair. Because you are … [Read more...]

I’m Probably Right About the New Religious Right

A few months ago, I left a comment on the well-read blog of a friend (and hero) - and got into a little bit of trouble.I suggested that the neo-reformed movement - the "Young, Restless, and Reformed" that emerged a decade or so ago and have consolidated most notably into The Gospel Coalition, segments of the PCA, Southern Seminary and segments of the SBC, and Mark Driscoll's Acts 29 network - is giving rise to a new religious right in the U.S.I was immediately, and gently, corrected by … [Read more...]

Evangelicals, Emergents, & the Gender/Power Issue, Pt. 2

In the first post, I promised two suggestions and two questions, and I'll get to those straight away.But first, who invited Don?There is no better pop-culture commentary on issues of gender and power than the popular AMC show Mad Men. In fact, it's the undercurrent that makes the storyline so compelling. There is the thin, always well-dressed and attractive veneer of "traditional" relationships between men and women, women taking the decidedly subservient role to the working (m)ad men. They … [Read more...]

Evangelicals, Emergents, & the Gender/Power Issue, Pt. 1

[Part 2 here.]Earlier this week, I tweeted this:I was surprised by the response, mostly affirming that this may in fact be the case. I admit that it was kind of a shot in the dark. I also admit that this is not a particular area of academic expertise or extensive experience for me.Because of that, I want to frame this two-part series as a similar kind of proposal, rather than a definitive word on the subject. I want to make two primary suggestions, and then ask two big questions to those … [Read more...]

Mark Driscoll & the Empty Politic of Evangelicalism

We evangelicals have a problem.And the problem is, simply put, that we do not know how to tell the truth.If that sounds harsh, hear what I mean: it is not that we don't think we are telling the truth (we do), it is that we have so constructed the "master signifiers" of our faith and life that we no longer know how to be really, deeply honest - with ourselves or with the world. And, unfortunately, it is the world that is the most painfully aware of this.I've spent a good deal of … [Read more...]


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