How to Be Evangelical After World Vision: The Code

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As Trevin Wax at The Gospel Coalition and the excommunication-by-farewell trend have made clear, evangelical has become code for a couple Utterly Important Things:Hell: i.e., totally for it.Homosexuality: i.e., obsessively against it.Sure, there are some underlying principles there like Penal Substitutionary Atonement Is The Gospel Or Else (which supports Hell) and the Bible Read Superficially Without Factoring In Historical Context Is Inerrant Or Else (which wars against H … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]


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