The Personal and Pointed Challenge of Benjamin Corey’s “Undiluted” (A Review)

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I just got finished reading Benjamin Corey's new book Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus.And I loved it.I especially loved the way that Ben approached a somewhat familiar topic - the way that the teaching and life of Jesus in the Gospels corrects American cultural Christianity - in an unfamiliar way. That is, Ben's approach is both personal and pointed. Personal, in the sense that the book emerges from Ben's own spiritual journey in seminary and through the process of … [Read more...]

Vicky Beeching, Worship Leader Closely Connected to the Church of England, Comes Out

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Vicky Beeching is known for worship hits on both sides of the Atlantic - and for being closely connected to the Church of England and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby.And recently, she came out as gay.The Independent told the story earlier today: At Easter this year, she came out to her parents. "I was terrified but they reacted really well. They said, 'We're so sorry that you had to go through this alone.'" Beeching and her parents have agreed to disagree on the theology around ho … [Read more...]

Yes, Al Mohler (and Tony Jones), There IS a Third Way

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Recently, Al Mohler blogged that when it comes to gay marriage THERE IS NO THIRD WAY.His curmudgeonly Neo-Fundamentalist take is the right-wing mirror of Tony Jones's position from the left. Tony, too, believes that there's no third way. It's a moment of agreement between the two poles that pretty much proves the accuracy of the fundamentalist label I've recently argued for.At any rate, Al is specifically commenting on a Southern Baptist pastor who recently changed his theological … [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...]

Crazy Genesis & the Messy God

The Sacrifice of Isaac CARAVAGGIO (1573-1610)So, I'm attempting to read the Bible in a year (thanks Bible app), and it's a chronological plan, so I've been in Job and Genesis so far. Fact is, I've never actually completed one of these plans. Typically, right about now, I get off track and chuck it, opting for topical and devotional reading instead. And, reading books. And...blogs.It's very unevangelical of me.And not very pastoral at all.But I'm hoping this'll be lucky '13, and so … [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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