Reading Time: 7 minutes Today, let’s go over the declines that the SBC faced all over in 2020, and talk about why those declines likely happened.
Reading Time: 9 minutes Lately, we’ve been examining Lee Strobel’s book, Inside the Mind of Unchurched Harry and Mary. In it, Strobel sold evangelicals a bill of goods about those outside their bubble. And they loved him for pandering to their very worst qualities. Their endorsements and praise reveal a solid pattern, and today, I’ll show you what that pattern looks like.
Reading Time: 9 minutes Pastoral restoration involves punishing and humiliating a male evangelical leader enough to mollify the flocks. Both parties seek to ease the scandal-causer back into pastoring without the flocks freaking out and rejecting him (or it blowing up into a public-relations nightmare for the denomination).
Reading Time: 9 minutes Now, fifteen years later, let’s see how well Ronald J. Sider’s suggestions went. How many leaders took his suggestions? How’d that go? Has his corner of the Christianity sandbox improved since then — or not? Today, let’s check out the legacy of The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience.
Reading Time: 11 minutes Recently, I learned of very sad news: Darrin Patrick, an evangelical pastor, has apparently died by suicide. Unfortunately, this news represents part of a widespread and growing trend in that end of Christianity. Today, let me show you what that trend is, and what it means for evangelicals as a group.
Reading Time: 10 minutes The SBC tracks baptisms-by-age-group — and they’re alarmed about just how far teenage baptisms have plummeted. That trend doesn’t seem to be anywhere near reversing, either. Today, let me show you a decline that gives me a lot of hope for the future.
Reading Time: 12 minutes The more seriously Christians take their ideology, the more dangerous a malignant leader becomes to them. One prime example of these rules could well be what just happened in Acts 29, a huge Christian church-planting business. Their leader, Steve Timmis, just lost his job there. And he lost it by being, apparently, a grade-A jerkweed. Today, let’s check out Acts 29 and see what red flags Steve Timmis might have been waving there long before his situation came to a crisis point.
Reading Time: 12 minutes Yes, nobody loves evangelicals quite like they themselves do. And I do mean that assertion quite literally. Today, let me show you the hilarious results of a worldview stripped years ago of the need for feedback.
Reading Time: 8 minutes The Southern Baptist Convention (SBC) just had its big Annual Meeting this year. There, they featured three main messages. First, they registered dim awareness of the huge sex-abuse scandal engulfing their denomination. Second, they outlined their response to that scandal. And third, they drilled down harder than ever on their culture wars–and sent a firm […]
Reading Time: 11 minutes Let me show you why Ed Stetzer feels very sad lately–and what his big sadness means for his end of Christianity.