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  • Rachel Held Evans, progressive Christian author who challenged evangelicals, dies at 37

    05/04/2019 6:15:26 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 115 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 4 ,2019 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Rachel Held Evans, a best-selling Christian author who was unafraid to wade into fierce theological battles over issues such as the role of women, science, LGBT issues and politics on her blog and social media, died Saturday, after spending weeks in the hospital for an infection. She was 37. Her husband Dan, who has been writing health updates, wrote on her blog on Saturday that she had been weaned from an induced coma, but swelling in her brain was not survivable. The hashtag #PrayforRHE became a trending topic on Twitter for Evans, who had two young children, ages 3 and...
  • The Epidemic of Denial about Sexual Abuse in the Evangelical Church

    08/23/2018 12:56:19 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 2018 | Joshua Pease
    “Sexual abuse is the most underreported thing — both in and outside the church — that exists,” says Boz Tchividjian, a grandson of Billy Graham and a former Florida assistant state attorney. As a prosecutor, Tchividjian saw dozens of sexual abuse victims harmed by a church’s response to them. (In one case, a pastor did not report a sexual offender in his church because the man had repented. The offender was arrested only after he had abused five more children.) In 2004, Tchividjian founded the nonprofit organization Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment (GRACE), which trains Christian institutions...
  • Evangelicalism is spreading quickly among the Chinese of South-East Asia

    08/12/2018 5:14:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Economist ^ | 01/04/2018
    WHEN Pastor Jimmy Parade took over at Indonesian Reformed Evangelical Church in Bandung, on the island of Java, five years ago, around 180 people came to services each week. Now the church—in a nondescript building in an outdoor shopping complex—is packed with around 450 each Sunday. “People keep coming,” Mr Parade shrugs. Some 1,000 miles away, up several sets of escalators at a shopping mall in Singapore, thousands of people take part in a two-hour service on a Saturday evening at the City Harvest Church, which has a weekly attendance of just under 16,000. The service involves a rock...
  • New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Not Shrinking, But Growing Stronger

    01/22/2018 11:10:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 01/22/2018 | By Glenn T. Stanton
    “Meanwhile, a widespread decline in churchgoing and religious affiliation had contributed to a growing anxiety among conservative believers.” Statements like this are uttered with such confidence and frequency that most Americans accept them as uncontested truisms. This one emerged just this month in an exceedingly silly article in The Atlantic on Vice President Mike Pence.Religious faith in America is going the way of the Yellow Pages and travel maps, we keep hearing. It’s just a matter of time until Christianity’s total and happy extinction, chortle our cultural elites. Is this true? Is churchgoing and religious adherence really in “widespread...
  • How Trump Is Remaking Evangelicalism

    03/12/2018 9:30:57 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 49 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 3-12-18 | Emma Green
    (Skip) “Most evangelical Christians like me exclaimed, ‘Who are these people?’” wrote Mark Galli, the editor in chief of Christianity Today, in his essay. “‘I know hardly anyone, let alone any evangelical Christian[s], who voted for Trump.’” In trying to understand Trump-supporting evangelicals, journalists and commentators have often smoothed over the vast diversity within evangelicalism. “Many of us shake our heads at the ‘evangelical leaders’ that the news media anoints for us,” wrote Tom Lin, the president of InterVarsity Fellowship, in his essay. (Skip) Fundamentalism, argued Mark Labberton, the president of Fuller Theological Seminary, is the driving force behind the...
  • Why Must Christians Defend Gun Rights?

    02/17/2018 10:47:48 AM PST · by tiredofallofit · 32 replies
    Running Away From My Church Blog ^ | 2/17/2018 | Robert Messner
    The reactions from Left and Right are all too predictable in the wake of the Parkland shootings. My social media feeds are overflowing with self serving proclamations, dubious statistics, hateful name calling, and all around foolishness. As usual, both sides are screaming at each other and no one is really listening. I get the Left’s position on gun control. If we want to prevent these national tragedies, we should make it as difficult as possible for people to get their hands on assault rifles. Even if these guns can be obtained via illegal channels, why make it easy for a...
  • Searching for a Bible-believing Church in the Fort Worth Area

    02/08/2015 5:22:25 AM PST · by fwdude · 186 replies
    February 8, 2015 | fwdude
    With the appalling apostasy, both overt and subtle, engulfing many evangelical churches in these last days, I have found myself in search of a truly Bible-believing church body that is serious about the Truth taught by God through Jesus Christ. To be specific, these are the things I am trying to avoid: - The cultish "mega-church" mentality (though size doesn't not necessarily disqualify an otherwise orthodox church culture) - Any sympathy, working agreement, or tacit acknowledgement of any Christian legitimacy with Rome. - The hyper "grace only" heresy of the need just to "believe on Jesus Christ," nothing else matters...
  • The Virtue of Being Suspicious

    02/06/2014 7:40:31 AM PST · by fwdude · 7 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | Feb 6, 2014 | The Berean Call Staff
    Feb 6 2014 The Virtue of Being Suspicious As contrary as it runs to popular perceptions, Fundamentalists were not fools. In fact, their powers of discernment make contemporary Evangelicals, who have supposedly advanced beyond Fundamentalists’ defense of simple verities, look downright gullible. Fundamentalists knew they were in a battle, that the church is always being threatened with false teachers and members with “itching ears.” They took the New Testament seriously when its writers charged the early church to be on the lookout for those who would lead God’s flock astray. Fundamentalists also knew that the greatest danger to the church...
  • Will Calvinists Vote For Romney Or Sit The Election Out If He Is The Nominee?

    12/19/2011 11:19:50 AM PST · by Tom Hawks · 63 replies
    12/19/11 | Tom Hawk
    I have been listening to a lot of Christian talk radio lately, and reading web sites of evangelicals that lean towards the Arminiasm view, and it seems like the talking heads are almost unanimous that they want a true conservative to go up against Obama next November. But when I listen to the callers and read comments by their readers on their web sites, I am learning that a vast majority will stay home and not vote if Romney is the Republican nominee. A sentiment I am quickly learning here at FR that many evangelicals who lean towards the...
  • "The Borrowers"; a new book (barf alert)

    07/04/2011 8:29:55 AM PDT · by Wading Across · 13 replies
    The Post Dispatch ^ | 7-3-2011 | Betsy Taylor
    First-time novelist Rebecca Makkai gives us a character in "The Borrower" who faces a moral dilemma: a Missouri librarian who must decide whether she can help a child running away from home after his parents enroll him in an evangelical program to "discourage" homosexuality. The librarian struggles to choose. The book begins with 26-year-old Lucy Hull's confession: "I might be the villain of this story. Even now, it's hard to tell."
  • Funerals from Hell, Where Have All the Graveyards Gone?

    01/17/2010 4:53:24 PM PST · by Lee N. Field · 29 replies · 1,031+ views
    Modern Reformation ^ | Jan, 2010 | Craig A. Parton
    I've concluded that the typical evangelical funeral can go quite a ways to making a person an atheist. I've also concluded that the church needs to reclaim the fundamental truth that Christianity is primarily for dying. Not primarily for living, but for dying; and because it is primarily about preparing to die, it has something profound to offer about living. Funerals need to rediscover death and thus once again have something to say to the living. Before looking at the causes of the death of the funeral, a true confession about a funeral--oops, sorry, a celebration of life--I recently attended....
  • Evangelicalism in America--Waxing or Waning?

    03/16/2009 11:10:52 AM PDT · by truthandlife · 17 replies · 909+ views
    Breakpoint ^ | 3/16/09 | Chuck Colson
    Back in 2007, the New York Times famously proclaimed that the evangelical movement in America was cracking up. Since then, the media has relished exposing what they see as fault lines in evangelicalism over such issues as abortion, marriage, and the environment. The pundits seized upon President Obama’s decisive electoral victory last fall to opine that evangelicals were no longer the political force they once were. And just last week, a well-known evangelical blogger predicted the “collapse” of evangelicalism in America within the next decade, even though he also predicted that out of the ruins of evangelicalism, “new forms of...
  • Sarah Palin's Knockout Question (The Faith Trap The MSM Will Lay And How She Should Answer It Alert)

    09/21/2008 10:29:24 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 101 replies · 1,907+ views
    Worldnetdaily.com ^ | 9/22/2008 | Joseph Farah
    In case you didn't notice, there is a concerted war on serious biblical faith in our post-Christian society. And that's why, any day now, you can expect Sarah Palin to be asked a question designed to knock her right out of the race for the vice presidency. It won't be a question about the Bush Doctrine. It won't be a question about her teenage daughter. It won't be a question about Alaska state troopers. It won't even be a question about abortion. None of those questions threaten to deliver a killer blow to her bid to be the first woman...
  • Palin's Religious Views Follow Evangelical Model (How The MSM Sees An Evangelical Christian Alert)

    09/07/2008 9:44:53 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 22 replies · 315+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | 9/07/2008 | George Bryson And Richard Mauer
    Palin considers herself a born-again conservative Christian. She supports teaching creationism in public schools, outlawing nearly all abortions (even in cases of rape or incest) and prohibiting same-sex marriage. But she has yet to advance legislation that insists that creationism, or "intelligent design," be taught in public school science classes whenever biological evolution is taught -- as urged by a plank in the official Alaska Republican Party platform. Nor has she tried so far to eliminate standard sex-education classes in public schools in favor of the abstinence-only programs she prefers. That Palin hasn't yet pushed a religious conservative agenda isn't...
  • Westminster and Evangelicalism

    08/14/2008 9:43:01 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 2 replies · 51+ views
    Westminster Theological Seminary ^ | August 07, 2008 | David B. Garner
    What is evangelicalism? Who are evangelicals? Because evangelicalism has experienced a metamorphosis, the answer to these questions is more complicated than one might guess. In the term’s early use in 18th and 19th century in North America, where evangelicalism was more narrowly defined by revivalism and its associated emphasis on personal conversion, evangelicalism became identified with the largest Protestant movement in North America. In the wake of the infiltration of theological liberalism into the mainline churches and the massive immigration of foreigners of diverse religious background, the virtually ubiquitous force of evangelicalism tempered, yet its arteries extended so as to...
  • TBN on the lookout for 'innovative' Christian programming

    05/01/2007 7:14:06 AM PDT · by topcat54 · 9 replies · 336+ views
    One News Now ^ | April 24, 2007 | Allie Martin
    The world's largest Christian television network has launched a contest in search of quality, independently produced programming that is family-friendly. The contest is called the "INNOVATE Program Challenge" and involves each of Trinity Broadcasting Network's four digital networks. Entrants could submit programs at the recent Radio-Television News Directors Association meeting in Las Vegas. Submissions can also be mailed to the network's California offices. ... The Christian broadcasting entity hopes to "capture the imagination" of its viewers, says a press statement about the contest, and to move past the status quo. "The stereotype is that Christian television is basically the TV...
  • Defining evangelicals down and to the Left

    04/02/2007 7:47:28 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 9 replies · 516+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 02 April 2007 | Paul Chesser
    Another category of Christian, however, is rapidly losing its traditional identity in our culture: Evangelical. While it never made distinctions on theological grounds, that term could always be counted upon to identify those Christians who are conservative, Protestant, culturally influential and outspoken about their faith. With recent developments, however, the defining elements of Evangelical may soon go the way of the much-encompassing Christian. Why? Because some who purport to speak for all evangelicals are being sucked into marginal issues that are usually harped on by America-hating liberals. And because conservative Christians are allegedly being divided, the mainstream media is eating...
  • Risqué Bible Magazine Looks to Create Buzz

    03/27/2007 8:24:32 PM PDT · by Terriergal · 12 replies · 439+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 3-25-2007 | ethan cole
    By Ethan Cole Christian Post Reporter Sun, Mar. 25 2007 11:42 AM ET The Holy Bible has undergone a major cosmetic change including glossy pages and a seductive cover rivaling contemporary fashion magazines.“Bible Illuminated, Gamla Testament: The Book” takes on the format of a magazine and was designed by former Swedish advertiser Dag Söderberg, who is now project leader for the new Swedish publication, according to an article featured on Sweden’s official website.“Most people have issues with the Bible,” Söderberg said in the article posted in Sweden.se. “They have never gotten into it. They don’t find it accessible. But it’s...
  • American Evangelicalism, Light Beer, and Reformed Theology

    02/16/2007 12:51:42 PM PST · by Gamecock · 31 replies · 437+ views
    Irish Calvinist ^ | 14 Feb 2007 | Erik Raymond
    People have described some of the contemporary practices within evangelicalism as being driven by consumerism. We can see evidences of this with many of the popular devices that are employed, whether it be in the altering of vocabulary, the transition from preaching to conversations, the emphasis upon felt needs rather than spiritual needs, the polling of unbelievers as to how church should be conducted, a deemphasis upon doctrine, a redefinition of Jesus as weak and effeminate, and an idolatrous portrayal of a God who’s love is able to trump his righteousness. Regrettably, all of these things are common today. Even...
  • Pietism as an Ecclesiological Heresy

    12/15/2006 9:24:42 PM PST · by Joseph DeMaistre · 3 replies · 344+ views
    1. The historical coordinates We give the name "pietism" to a phenomenon in church life which certainly has a particular historical and "confessional" starting point, but also has much wider ramifications in the spiritual life of all the Christian Churches. Pietism made its appearance as a distinct historical movement within Protestantism, at the end of the seventeenth and beginning of the eighteenth centuries, around 1690-1730. [1] Its aim was to stress "practical piety," as distinct from the polemical dogmatic theology to which the Reformation had initially given a certain priority.2 Against the intellectualist and abstract understanding of God and of...