So much here that resonates w/ what I've been observing/experiencing: "Nearly everyone tells me there is at the very least a small group in nearly every evangelical church complaining and agitating against teaching or policies that aren’t sufficiently conservative or anti-woke.”
“The divisions and conflicts we found are intense, easily more intense then I have seen in my 25 years of studying the topic."--@MichaelOEmerson
What this adds up to, he said, is “an emerging day of reckoning within churches.”2/11
"The 1st step was the cultivation of the idea w/in the religious right that certain political positions were deeply Christian, acc to Marsden....The dominance of political religion over professed religion is seen in how, for many, the loyalty to Trump became a blind allegiance."
"The result is that many Christian followers of Trump “have come to see a gospel of hatreds, resentments, vilifications, put-downs, and insults as expressions of their Christianity, for which they too should be willing to fight.”--George Marsden 4/11
“What we’re seeing is massive discipleship failure caused by massive catechesis failure,” says @JamesErnest4. “The evangelical Church in the U.S. over the last five decades has failed to form its adherents into disciples. So there is a great hollowness." 5/11
"Culture catechizes."--Alan Jacobs. “People come to believe what they are most thoroughly and intensively catechized to believe, and that catechesis comes not from the churches but from the media they consume, or rather the media that consume them." 6/11
“Many people are much more committed to their politics than to what the Bible actually says”--Pastor Scott Dudley.... "Dudley, my high-school & college classmate, left me with this haunting Q: How many people look at churches in America these days and see the face of Jesus?" 7/11
And grateful to @Peter_Wehner for engaging JESUS AND JOHN WAYNE to show how none of this appeared ex nihilo: “Evangelicals are quick to label their values ‘biblical,’” Du Mez told me... 8/11
“But how they interpret the scriptures, which parts they decide to emphasize and which parts they decide to ignore, all this is informed by their historical and cultural circumstances.” 9/11
And also: “Evangelical militancy is often depicted as a response to fear...But it’s important to recognize that in many cases evangelical leaders actively stoked fear in the hearts of their followers... in order to consolidate their own power and advance their own interests.” 10/
“Dwelling on fear and outrage is spiritually deforming”--@CherieHarder “Both biblical wisdom and a large body of research holds that fear and grace, or fear and gratitude, are incompatible.” She quoted from one of the New Testament epistles: “Perfect love drives out fear.” 11/11

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11 Oct
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?
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8 Aug
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
blog.reformedjournal.com/2021/08/04/she…
"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
"It was there in my first week of tenth grade, when I approached my principal, having learned that two of my male classmates created a list ranking all the women in my class by specific body parts, 3/6
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3 Jul
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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2 Jul
We recommended a lot of books during yesterday’s discussion, so here’s a list (as far as I can remember!). First off, @agordonreed’s fabulous new book On Juneteenth.
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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