Response Part 2: Christian Community and Abandoning Commitment

With this post I am concluding my response to the series The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism. This post will look at “Disillusionment With Christian Community” and “Abandoning Christian Commitment Itself.” The previous “Response” post (with links to the previous four) is here. Disillusionment With Christian Community Of the four issues I have examined, the disillusionmentContinue reading “Response Part 2: Christian Community and Abandoning Commitment”

Response Part 1: The Biblical Worldview and Christian Experience

I now come to the last two posts in this series on The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism. All four posts are accessible here. In these posts I will write a response to each of the four topics of personal disillusionment: The Biblical worldview, Christian experience, Christian community and Christian commitment itself. In my responses, IContinue reading “Response Part 1: The Biblical Worldview and Christian Experience”

The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism: Abandoning Christian Commitment Itself

I am continuing my series on The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism. Here is part 1 and part 2 and part 3. 4. Disillusionment With Christian Commitment Itself In these posts, I have explored the various personal reasons evangelicals have for leaving the church. I have discussed the difficulty many have in coming to terms withContinue reading “The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism: Abandoning Christian Commitment Itself”

The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism part 3: Christian Community

I am continuing my look at the sources of disillusionment within evangelicalism. This will be a five part series, with four posts on the sources of personal disillusionment and one on responding to these personal sources. Here is part 1 and part 2. 3. The Disillusionment of Christian Community [I want to be very clearContinue reading “The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism part 3: Christian Community”

The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism Part 2: God-Proving Christian Experience

I am continuing my series on the unresolved tensions of evangelicalism, I want to explore disillusionment with Christian experience. 2. The Disillusionment of Christian Experience Evangelicalism makes confident claims about the religious experience of its true believers. It is not hard to conceive of disillusionment when those claims are judged to be untrue. It’s aContinue reading “The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism Part 2: God-Proving Christian Experience”

The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism Part 1: The Biblical Worldview

NOTE: This post is analysis and opinion. It’s not about what I believe or don’t. My posts on Christine Wicker’s and Julia Duin’s descriptions of evangelicalism’s winter are meant to be provocative, but they are also an attempt to hear something in the voices of our critics we rarely allow into our discussions: the scaryContinue reading “The Unresolved Tensions of Evangelicalism Part 1: The Biblical Worldview”

iMonk 101: The Tactics of Failure: Why the Culture War Makes Sense to Spiritually Empty Evangelicals

From 2006, this is my diagnosis of why evangelicals are increasingly drawn to the culture war. It’s not, contrary to what the rhetoric wants us to believe, because we have a Jesus shaped mission to the world, caring passionately about the issues Jesus cared about. No, it’s a bit less flattering. I’m suggesting that spirituallyContinue reading “iMonk 101: The Tactics of Failure: Why the Culture War Makes Sense to Spiritually Empty Evangelicals”

Bob is Angry on Election Day

UPDATE: How did Jesus Fight The Culture War? UPDATE II: Why angry Bob is angry? Today being election day, and many of my evangelical friends being in somewhat of a foul mood, for reasons that, as of 12:28 p.m., are suspected and not yet clear, I found myself thinking about a fellow I’ll call Bob.Continue reading “Bob is Angry on Election Day”

Thoughts on “Hell House:” An Evangelicalism Eager To Leave

I just completed watching the documentary Hell House with a group of my advanced Bible students. It’s giving us an opportunity to ask and discuss important issues about our own experiences of Christian evangelism. Several students have participated in Hell Houses, while others find it to be offensive and disturbing. If you don’t know whatContinue reading “Thoughts on “Hell House:” An Evangelicalism Eager To Leave”

The Internet Monk Annual Halloween Rant

Originally published at the Steve Brown, Etc. Guest Room Blog. You also might enjoy “The Great Pumpkin Proposes a Toast,” from deep in the IM archives. Here’s a good post on “How to have a great Catholic Halloween.” No Protestants are harmed. It’s OK. As October 31st looms, it’s time for true confessions. I grewContinue reading “The Internet Monk Annual Halloween Rant”