More Foolishness to Come

  09/20/16 , by Dissidens, Categories: Evangelical culture



Trevin Wax, who drivels regularly for The Gospel Project, almost discovers how Evanjellicle’s terms are meaningless.

He also entertains the fear that cultural engagement might corrupt the purity of the Gospel. (He does not describe in any helpful way how a vague and confusing term might corrupt an already vague and confusing Evanjelligospel, but maybe after the dust settles he can speak more clearly to that point.)

Here he threatens “a lengthier response”.

Brace yourselves, people, this could get bumpy.

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More Piffle from Christian Intellectuals

  09/08/16 , by Dissidens, Categories: Evangelical culture


There is lots of chatter these days about cultural engagement, the difference between shaping discussions from the center as opposed to shaping discussions from the periphery, and about the theological and philosophical foundations of some trivialized issue.

You might want to go here to listen to two blowhards pretending they have a handle on the problem.

Very comical…if constant picking at a scab can ever be considered comical.


From Strength to Strength

  08/23/16 , by Dissidens, Categories: Evangelical culture


Having made such impressive strides toward racial reconciliation, The Gospel Coalition asks three of its favorite celebrities to waffle on about the intricacies of speaking about sex “to our culture”.

What could possibly go wrong here?

Russell Moore says we shouldn’t panic, DeYoung informs us that people are people, and Tim Keller advises us to address the theological and philosophical foundations of the topic.

Yeah, I know that when I want to understand theological and philosophical foundations of a thing, Evanjellicles are the first people I think of.

I wonder if this think tank is taking into consideration that it is, as Ed Stetzer says, speaking not from the center but from the periphery.


As I ask, what could possibly go wrong?


Still With the Tin Ear

  08/10/16 , by Dissidens, Categories: Evangelical culture


Evanjellicles could give masterclasses on being clueless. In a way it is funny, in a way it is disgraceful, in a way it is symptomatic.

Read and learn.



The Weight of a Feather Will Crush It

  08/05/16 , by Dissidens, Categories: Evangelical culture

These days are what is known as a hard patch; times that are tough sledding for mature, stable, quiet, rational people. It is almost impossible to look out the window without seeing an apt subject for Bosch or Dali or Billy Childish.

We are in the middle of the Gadarene Sweepstakes and we know that no matter who survives this political spasm, we will have made exactly the wrong choice. 

In the confusion Evanjellicles work to misinterpret some Bible verses in the light of current events, and they can’t stop offering some clownish interpretation as they “unpack” an oafish epoch. They persist in thinking they are here to help God bring social reform, racial harmony, emotional well-being, sexual vitality, financial security, theological reformation, resolution to the heartbreak of lost thigh gap, feelings of self-worth, human flourishing….

Very tiresome.

We visited a church recently, Time Capsule Baptist Church I think the name was, where we were confronted by a woman who said she attended this church because she “liked” the old-fashioned preaching, and by old-fashioned preaching we all know she didn’t have in mind Savonarola, Luther, Whitefield, Spurgeon, or Tozer.

What is inevitably uppermost in the mind of an Evanjellicle is the reassuring feud between the old-fashioned and the new-fashioned, the war between the tired and the desperate, the change of wrinkles and the fierce alignments they demand of us.

There is a difference between the eternal and the perpetually ephemeral; I wonder if the Christian religion will ever recover that distinction.



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