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The Curiosity Index (14.06.2018)

The Demise Of The Soul Of Evangelicalism Scot McKnight fires off some salvos about the decline of evangelicalism. Pride is no longer accorded those who faithfully read and teach the Bible, who glory in the cross of Christ, who preach conversions and transformations, and who are engaged in a piety- and evangelism-based activism that encompasses the whole person. The center of gravity of too much of evangelicalism has shifted away from these crumbling core themes to something else, but in the process evangelicalism has lost its soul. Church Planting in…

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Evangelical smuggling disorder

Growing up as a Christian there weren’t many things going for you. The Friday night youth club was about it. Christian music and films were low quality rubbish and we had little to show or share with our friends that we could be proud of. But we did have some good stories that were worth telling. Stories that showed that Christians could be brave, noble, adventurous, heroic. Stories that could make a young Christian boy hold his head up with pride. I devoured Chariots of Fire (Eric Liddell), The Hiding Place (Corrie Ten Boom), The Cross & the Switchblade (David Wilkerson), Chasing…

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The Curiosity Index (05.05.2015)

Evangelicalism sometimes gets a bad rap for being a shallow tradition, yet Matthew Milliner has found it surprisingly deep: All I really need to know I learned from evangelicalism Derek Rishmawy asks: what does it mean to be inclusive like Jesus? Well worth reading. This piece says all you need to know about modern conceptions of marriage, it’s quite sad: I’m a child of divorce but it hasn’t put me off marriage. “It is, I think, a sign of social progress that people are building their own modern families – whether single…

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Evangelicals, gender & homosexuality: part 2

I’m not sure how many posts on this blog could be seen as prophetic, but there’s reasonable grounds for seeing this one  (written just a week ago) as prophetic. Thanks Steve Chalke. I argued that those who have a justice hermeneutic regarding the issue of gender are very likely to see homosexuality in exactly the same light. I quoted Krish Kandiah who said, “As an egalitarian I believe that leadership roles are available to men and women in the church, this does not lead me to change my views on…

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Evangelicals, homosexuality, gender & the media

Today The Independent newspaper in the UK published this piece on how some evangelicals are handling the thorny issue of homosexuality. Peter Ould does a good job of showing up some of the many inconsistencies and problems in the article. Peter’s blog by the way should be required reading for any evangelical thinking wanting to keep tabs on how this debate is evolving. Instead of repeating his arguments, I wanted to take another angle looking at what lies ahead for evangelicals (and especially those in the established church) over the…

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The future of Evangelicals in Europe

I’ve been flicking through Patrick Johnstone’s The Future of the Global Church: History, Trends and Possiblities looking for clues as to the decline of the church here in Scandinavia as well as the rest of Europe. As Johnstone looks to the future he identifies five ministry challenges. See what you think: Ministry has been crippled by negativism after years of little fruit and a developing ‘minority complex.’ Where are the leaders of vision and faith? Aggressive secularists are marginalizing and even persecuting Evangelicals in particular. There is need for a holy…

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Book Review: Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come by Christopher Catherwood  is an interesting but uneven look at the state of the Evangelical Christianity. It’s interesting because of the global perspective it offers and its rich appreciation of evangelical history. It’s uneven because of some the subject matters (a chapter dedicated to eschatology for example) and, for this reader, the chapter order. The book also contains lengthy extracts from the Lausanne Covenant and two churches vision statements (St Andrew the Great in Cambridge and Capitol Hill Baptist in Washington DC) which in a short book is…

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What does it mean to be evangelical?

When I was growing up our family attended an evangelical church. We knew it was because it was in the name. Broadstone Evangelical Church was even a member church of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. The name was later change to Broadstone Baptist Church because it was felt no one outside of the church really knew what an evangelical was but had a better idea what a baptist was. The situation is no longer like that because no one inside the church really knows what an evangelical is partly because…

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