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Tony Jones laments Ted Haggard’s re-emergence.
The AP’s fine religion reporter, Erik Gorski, this weekend dropped a story about the re-emergence of Ted Haggard, once-powerful president of the National Association of Evangelicals, now struggling insurance salesman. Much to the chagrin of his former church, Haggard, his wife, and five children have moved back to Colorado Springs, and Haggard has taken back to the spotlight to promote an Alexandra Pelosi documentary on him, to air next month on HBO.
It’s hard to know just what to make of Haggard, who also says in the piece that he’s never claimed to be heterosexual. And that he bought the meth but never used it.
Some people you just wish would step away from the public eye to heal. And never return. I wish this for Haggard, but I’m afraid it’s a vain wish.
If evangelicalism were more evangelical, it would be more about the gospel (the evangel), and less about what divides those who sincerely believe in this one gospel, though they differ on many other issues.
(read, gospel = incarnation, death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ)
Although the ETS Amendment proposal was shot down by an embarrassing 130 to 47 vote (which means only 177 people of the 4000+ even showed up to vote), Denny Burk still claims it was a success. It appears that he thinks it is a success basically because although his particular amendment was rejected, he believes the issue will be taken more seriously by the Society now. Read his thoughts here.
Late news to most bloggers, but in case you missed it, the ETS Amendment proposal I blogged about before ETS meetings was “unanimously” rejected. I’m glad for several reasons. But the main one is this: I believe the term “evangelical” should be applied to all those who believe in the true evangel (i.e. the gospel). And I don’t believe that all the doctrinal convictions distinctive of the evangelical movement are essential to that gospel. Thus, I would love to see a broader evangelicalism that would allow for all true gospel-lovers to be considered of like mind and spirit with the evangelical movement (even if they don’t share all the other non-gospel convictions that have been identified with the evangelical movement). It’s good to be historically aware of the distinctives of a movement, but it’s OK to get beyond them too, and not allow ourselves to be defined by the past.
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Francis J. Beckwith came out with a new book this month entitled Return to Rome: Confessions of an Evangelical Catholic. And I just found out that he has a website and also blogs! He was surprised to see that someone had written a review of his book so fast by none other than Southern’s very own Michael Haykin.
For those of you who don’t know, Beckwith used to not only be an evangelical Protestant, but he crossed over to Catholicism while holding the post as President of the Evangelical Theological Society. He’s no pushover. You know all those arguments we Protestants use to keep people convinced that Rome is not the place to go? Believe it or not … He’s heard all of them (and used many of them probably at some point in his life). He became skeptical about many of them and eventually, of course, convinced they were mislead.
This is a reality Protestant evangelicals need to stare in the face: Intelligent, biblically sophisticated, well-informed, theologically sober evangelicals can find very attractive aspects in Roman Catholicism—even in RC theology. And yes … there is such a thing as Evangelical Catholics, whether you like it or not. It’s not an oxymoron. Click here for a definition of Evangelical Catholic.
• To listen to an interview about why he switched over, go here and see Audio Interview Downloads on the left side of the page. •
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Ok … so I stumbled upon this quotation in a roundabout way while I was on the Thinklings blog. It’s the iMonk’s response to the John 3:16 conference. It’s important because I don’t think the iMonk is a Calvinist, so to hear him address the issues this way was enlightening and encouraging. Here’s the excerpt.
Really, this is silly. Just silly. Calvinists in the SBC are doing far more good than harm, and the truth is that the fundamentalists need someone to blame for the fact that Jerry Falwell-style Evangelicalism is falling apart. One live-blogger said that 90% of the audience was middle-aged and over. That’s your problem old white guys: younger SBCers aren’t even listening to you anymore. You are talking to yourselves.
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