an Phillips has dibs on Friday, so I'll keep this as brief as possible:
- A transcript of the other message I gave last week at Shepherds' Conference is currently being serialized at Pulpit Live. It was titled "What Is an Evangelical," but could have been titled "How Did Evangelicalism Get So Far Off Track?" If you appreciated the iMonk's Christian Science Monitor article, or if you wondered why I said I agreed so heartily with that article, the message I gave in that seminar will give you something to chew on.
Here's a sample:
The parting of ways between evangelicals and fundamentalists weakened and impoverished both groups. Evangelicals tended to be uncomfortable with the nonstop militancy of the fundamentalists; fundamentalists thought the evangelicals' desire to be as positive as possible was a sign of weakness and compromise. The truth is that both temperaments were valid, and each side's unique contribution was needed in almost equal measure.
The two groups moved steadily further apart for some 40 years or longer. Deprived of so much evangelical warmth, the fundamentalists grew increasingly contentious. And deprived of so much fundamentalist conviction, the evangelicals grew increasingly willing to compromise. Anything and everything eventually became negotiable.
The wider the rift grew, the more eager to fight the fundamentalists became, the more willing to compromise the evangelicals were. Each side, reacting badly to the temperament of the other, unwittingly exaggerated their own faults.
- Sound-file downloads have taxed the bandwidth at the official Shepherds' Fellowship download site. So you can download my two sessions HERE.
- Some of our commenters have made mention of the Time Magazine piece that came out today, listing "The New Calvinism" as one of the "10 ideas changing the world right now." In case anyone missed it, I wanted to put it on the front page.