The Popes of Evangelicalism (Lints)

(This is a re-post from December, 2015) I always think it’s ironic and comical when a Christian mocks or discredits creeds and confessions then turns around to favorably quote popular evangelical leaders on social media. While social media is new, this anti-confessional and pro-popular leader mindset is not new. It was a central characteristic of… Continue reading The Popes of Evangelicalism (Lints)

Young, Restless, and Culturally Arrogant? (Part 1)

Some younger Christians poke fun of the traditions and habits of older Christians and churches.  They say that the older Christians/churches are totally out of touch with society and therefore are neither “missional” nor “relevant” (to use evangelical buzzwords).  I appreciate how Andrew Byers discusses this.  Since this quote is a bit long I’ve put… Continue reading Young, Restless, and Culturally Arrogant? (Part 1)

The Celebritization of American Christianity

Scholars have written  helpful books on the juvenilization of American Christianity (Bergler) and the democratization of American Christianity (Hatch).  Similarly, we need one on the celebritization of American Christianity.  I don’t even need to explain how Christianity in America has its own celebrities, including pastors, speakers, and singers.  It is common knowledge that there are… Continue reading The Celebritization of American Christianity

The Modern Dumbing Down of the Christian Faith

A person only needs to listen to contemporary Christian radio for thirty minutes to realize that the Christian faith has been extremely watered down in our day.  Since there is little talk of the law, sin, and God’s wrath, any mention of Jesus reduces him to a divine friend or perfect life coach rather than… Continue reading The Modern Dumbing Down of the Christian Faith

Deconstructing Evangelicalism

Some of our readers will no doubt be interested in this book: D. G. Hart, Deconstructing Evangelicalism (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2004).  What is it about?  Hart gives a summary in the introduction: “My point put simply is that the movement neo-evangelical leaders patched together ended up splintering because it lacked the discipline and rigor of… Continue reading Deconstructing Evangelicalism