Gospel Hope

  11/03/16 , by Dissidens, Categories: Evangelical culture

Like all great stories, though, the most important part of this one is that it can serve as a picture of gospel hope in miniature. The Cubs’ saga, because the drought was so much longer and more desperate than any other North American professional sports franchise, actually illustrates that hope uniquely. Think of it: more than a century of constant struggle, doubt, and disappointment. Hopes for a glorious and cathartic future of which we'll all be an emotionally and spiritually invested part, despite not being the main actors. 

We hope for we do not yet see, and our great God kindly gives us earthly windows into the glory that will come if we faint not (Gal. 6:9).


No one can trivialize holy things quite like an Evanjellicle. Here one of America’s small-market talking heads chatters briefly about earthly windows into glory.

Try not to laugh.


Why I Am Not an Evanjellicle & Why I Offer Heartfelt Condolences To All Those Who Are

  10/21/16 , by Dissidens, Categories: Evangelical culture



This is Derek.

Derek is trying to look not-awkward.

Personally, I don’t think Derek looks awkward at all, I think he looks like the typical hostage making a video while hooked up to electrodes. I was a little surprised he didn’t tell us he was being treated well by his captors.

(There is a valuable lesson here for those of even extremely modest intelligence: just because you have a camera and a blog does not mean you are qualified to make serious comment.)

Anyway, Derek is trying his hand at incomplete thoughts on something something Evanjellicle something church.

Watch and learn.


Still Waiting

  10/15/16 , by Dissidens, Categories: Evangelical culture

For nearly a month now I’ve been chafing more than I usually chafe. As a rule, any day unpolluted by trivial words from Trevin Wax is a very good day, but last month he threatened a lengthier response to the problems he and Andy Crouch perceive in the Evanjellicle phrase “cultural engagement”.

So while I kinda don’t need to hear what two philistines have to say about engaging culture, I have something of a personal interest in hearing the other shoe drop.

Trevin did say he would be offering a lengthier response, and I can well imagine that lengthier responses take more time that he is accustomed to set aside for his writing, but this long wait strikes me as pointless suspense.

I’m trying to be patient, but as I hear the boorish chatter from political gladiators, the arrogant trash-talking from sport heroes, and the frivolous twaddle from religious cranks, I’m thinking this would be an ideal time for some Evanjellicles to come up with something like a Five Year Plan For Our Engagement of Culture.

If any of you know Trevin Wax, or if you have his email addy, please remind him that some of us are eager to hear his considered thoughts on neighborhood, commonality, connecting points, assumptions, building relationships, or any other buzzwords he believes are integral to his understanding of Evanjellicle cultural engagement.

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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.


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