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  1. pstrmike says:

    Good Linkathon Michael.

    Some observations from Olsen’s article on moderate evangelicalism. I’ll quote portions of Olsen’s article and then comment underneath.

    “My point is that conservative evangelicals, especially fundamentalists, become extremely nervous and react in knee-jerk fashion against any new interpretation of Scripture. As one said publicly (I was there) ‘If it’s new, it can’t be true and if it’s true it can’t be new.’”

    How many times have I heard this in sermons, particularly among Calvary pastors? More than I can count from various pastors, many of who are very influential in their particular subculture/denomination/affiliation/movement/network/etc.

    “My own opinion is that many such people cannot accept that there are more than two options in theology. For them a theologian is either liberal or conservative.”

    Olsen identified the dilemma of being a moderate. Most conservatives think I’m a liberal, and most liberals think I’m conservative. It seems the church can do little but reflect the polemical attitudes of our current American culture as they do not listen well, and think even less.

    “Being moderately evangelical, progressively evangelical, postconservatively evangelical does not mean being open to anything and everything new and it does not mean allowing culture to determine doctrine or ethics—for Christians.” 

    This is the problem, particularly with liberalism, that wants to redefine the parameters of hermeneutics and ignore obvious truths in doing so. Conservatives here, are not off the hook as they tend to double down against the evils of the age–perceived or real—and often look for a political answer.

  2. Michael says:


    Thanks…and I concur.
    Good article, excellent comment.

  3. Em says:

    Our culture does not listen well and think even less… Is that the result of today’s educational standards? I remember my school days – of class discussions on what we were being taught. Teachers of yore (like that word?) encouraged us to think and they never showed contempt for our thinking. They might ask questions regarding our thoughts, but always with the goal of getting us to analyze what we opined. I was in a good school system, by God’s grace, but i don’t think it was that rare back then… Dunno
    AND the Christian faith was respected.. majority rule? Dinno. 😇

  4. Michael says:

    I homeschool Trey via a live computer link up.
    I’ve been surprised at how good the curriculum is and what is expected.
    Schools, like everything else have been made political footballs…which is a disgrace.
    I haven’t encountered any disrespect to the faith…but there don’t seem to be many Christian kids in this school, either.
    The last people I want teaching my family about Christianity are more people without theological training…

  5. Em says:

    My daughter who is a teacher home schooled all of her children because of the not so subtle contempt for the Faith up here
    It didn’t show up in the home school curriculum, however.
    Now, as a substitute teacher, the students love her. A class marching in the 4th parade spotted her at the curb when someone shouted, “There’s Mrs -” and they all broke ranks, running over to say hi. Children need absolutes, good ones.
    Just sayin cuz you still let me … 😄

  6. Em says:

    Just saw the tornado report – praying with

  7. JoelG says:

    The Steve Brown article is a classic and much appreciated. I’ll be forgoing licorice, cottage cheese and oysters this season.

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