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  1. Randy Davis says:

    I’m not sure why Evangelicalism is having such a crisis. It is a theological movement and not a social movement. In essence, evangelicalism was, in the forties, the emergence of an intellectual fundamentalism. Here fundamentalism was defined by THE FUNDAMENTALS: A Testimony to the Truth, edited by R A Torrey.

    Of course the German Lutherans referred to themselves as evangelicals. Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland Is a federation of Lutheran and reformed churches. Still American evangelicals and and the Evangelische Kirche, for all their differences, would subscribe to the same creeds and confessions.

    I remember Baptists (SBC) debating if they were evangelicals. Some said yes because Baptists were second generation Protestants. Others said no and tried to claim connections to the radical reformers.

    I think the crisis came when, in 1976, Newsweek magazine, declared The Year of the Evangelical. It became mainstream and many, like the newly popular Charismatic Movement to Oneness Pentecostals to even Mormons wanted to be called evangelicals. The drive to be relevant now that they were popular caused a less rigorous definition to take place.

    I have been a member of the Evangelical Theological Society for over 30 years. I think there have been some crises of identity but it had remained fairly stable even though the membership ranges from Methodists, Wesleyan charismatic groups to Calvinist organizations , it has remained first an academic society.

    It seems to me that the problem is that a theological movement that had a social conscience has become a social movement with with a theological conscience.

    Of course, everything I just wrote could be hogwash.

    Happy Thanksgiving y’all.

  2. The New Victor says:

    “Freitas and church members had constructed a new worship space just this year, building a tall wooden cross in front of the new structure. This week, he shared a picture of the hand-carved cross, bearing the motto, “Love God, Love People”—which remained erect though the rest of the building had crumbled.”

    Not to look to signs and wonders, but rris is interesting. I was reading more of The Sermon on the Mount to the kids tonight and not only does that echo Jesus’ words, but he also said that God sends rain on both the just and unjust. I’m glad that he sent rain at all.

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