Critiques and Possibilities: Evangelicalism Part III

When we welcome the authority of tradition, the Holy Spirit, the community of believers and the Bible then we level the playing field and invite the whole of creation to come and know Jesus.Viewing the Bible as an Authority, which guides and directs the believer’s life is a strength within the Evangelical community…. The Bible is a part of this work, but when Evangelicalism downplays other parts of God’s work in order to elevate the written word they have forgotten that it is the Spirit that birthed the Word, the community and the tradition.

What Evangelicalism is: Part II

I am not sure where I fall, nor do I really think it matters all that much, in the Evangelical rubric, but I can affectionately repeat what Brian McLaren says about Evangelicalism in his book A Generous Orthodoxy,“Big E Evangelical refers to a segment of the church that I love and from which I hail, but which I don’t thin I understand so much anymore, and in which I may no actually be wanted anymore (116).???I must confess I personally have grown weary from the many constraints of theological assumptions that make up much of the Evangelical movement, and I agree with a number of scholars that many of those presuppositions and its core values have limited the work of the Church…. (Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism, 4)“Even among evangelical scholars there is some disagreement as to the essentials, as Mark Noll points out Scotland’s David Bebbington’s four main beliefs that make up the core of evangelicalism: ???Biblicism (reliance on the Bible as the ultimate religious authority), conversionism (or an emphasis on the new birth), activism (or energetic, individualistic engagement in personal and social duties), and crucicentrism (or focus on Christ’s redeeming work as the heart of true religion).

Reflections on Evangelicalism Part I

There are at least five main things that make up Evangelicals George Marsden states that the essential beliefs are: “(1) The Reformation doctrine of the final authority of the Bible, (2) the real historical character of God’s saving work recorded in Scripture (3) salvation to eternal life based on the redemptive work of Christ, (4) the importance of evangelism and missions and (5) the importance of a spiritually transformed life.??? Even among evangelical scholars there is some disagreement as to the essentials, as Mark Noll points out Scotland’s David Bebbington’s four main beliefs that make up the core of evangelicalism: “Biblicism (reliance on the Bible as the ultimate religious authority), conversionism (or an emphasis on the new birth), activism (or energetic, individualistic engagement in personal and social duties), and crucicentrism (or focus on Christ’s redeeming work as the heart of true religion).???

Presenting: Letters Home

I would like to make announcement that my wife, Emily, has now published her blog and is working on keeping it up to date. Its called Letters Home, and in it she will be wrestling with being an 9th and 10th Grade English teacher in an urban school, as well as issues pertaining to her Christian-Quaker faith, living in LA, and those other adventures she finds herself in. If you have a minute drop by and welcome her.

Xzuberant faith makes Canton Repository

Todd Porter sports writer for Canton RepositoryArticle OneArticle TwoYou will most likely have to register for an account, but its not too hard.Here are my articles that me and a couple friends have been working on over the past seven weeks:Xzuberant Info Update #1Update #2Update #3Update #4Theological Reflection (the letter)Update #5Update #6 Final Major Update XFBA the disappearing actContinue to watch the other local papers for more news.