Here we have another definition of "elitism": "...folks who like to broadcast on Twitter or op-eds or bestselling books about how terrible evangelicals are."
OK, you got my attention, I'll read on...
..."It’s a constant performative self-heroism in public for temporary applause....It delivers critiques of Christians, not with tears and pastoral pleading, but with bitter disdain." And all this goes against Paul's command to make every effort for unity in the body of Christ.
Does it tho? Both Galli and Darling seem unable (or unwilling) to accept that fellow Chrs writing in public do so out of deep personal conviction. Darling accepts this is the case for his good friend David French. Why not for others too, even people who aren't close friends?
A few more Qs: Who gets to be the arbiter of what counts as "projecting contempt for your own people"? Who decides who is "bitter" and who is "loving & kind"? How does one define "one's own people"? And what is owed not to one's own, but to one's neighbor?
I'm guessing we won't agree on all the answers. But I will suggest that for far too long, evangelical leaders have shied away from hard truths in favor of protecting the brand, and have done violence in the name of unity. nytimes.com/2021/05/27/spe…

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A lot of American Christians are talking a lot about about rights right now. Some thoughts:
My church doesn’t (currently) mandate masks for unvaccinated, but 95% masked anyway. We limited to 1 brief congregational song at end, had little individually packaged communion elements.
It wasn’t the same as before, but we all accommodated. Out of a spirit of love. We have a standard English & basic English service w/ strong exegetical preaching. We recited the Maasai creed, sang a Kenyan song, & welcomed a Congolese family that just arrived from a refugee camp.
We prayed for those working on the front lines for racial equality and justice, in this country and around the world. This isn’t CRT this is just Christian love. (Though we can learn from things including CRT how to love well, w/ wisdom & prudence.)
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4 Aug
When my book first made the NYT bestseller list I thought it would be fleeting & rashly promised my kids that we’d celebrate every day it was on the list.
Looks like we’re in for another week of celebration, which is amazing. And also kinda exhausting. All good tho, all good. 🙃
Today’s celebration included but was certainly not limited to riding a grubby, over-priced (I mean priceless) stuffed dog around the mall.
This is what we have resorted to.
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4 Aug
A poignant reflection written by the daughter of one of my childhood friends. "And in my community, where the religious and social and familial combine inextricably, this expectation of silent endurance from women continues." 1/6
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"It was there in my eleventh-grade doctrine class, when I summoned the courage to present my views on women in church leadership and a male classmate punctured the post-presentation silence with a sexist comment, dismantling weeks of work with one misogynist “joke.” 2/6
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Tis the weekend for Jesus and John Wayne everything. I’m getting tagged in a lot of pics, so maybe let’s collect them in a thread. Starting here:
Here’s my contribution, from tonight’s walk in small town America.
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bookshop.org/books/on-junet…
Also @JemarTisby’s Color of Compromise, which played a key role in starting conversations in white evangelical circles. bookshop.org/books/the-colo…
And @AntheaButler’s White Evangelical Racism. bookshop.org/books/white-ev…
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Back in 1983, George Marsden, Nathan Hatch, and Mark Noll warned conservative evangelicals against embracing the myth of Christian America. To do so weakend their public witness & paradoxically contributed to the secularization of Am society. 1/7
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