Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

Church Retreat Zaniness

This weekend is our annual church retreat. Our church is small enough that almost all of our members go on retreat for a weekend and even our Sunday service will be held at the camp.

In addition to our serious spiritual efforts, we also have fun at a talent (and no talent) show on Sat. night. We usually have hilarious skits. I missed last year, so I am not quite sure what this skit is about. Kate, my beloved, took the picture. I do need to ask why Dan Trabue is in my towel.!! Posted by Picasa

November 3, 2006 Posted by | humor | 2 Comments

Patience on Essential Evangelicals

When I wrote a post on my “favorite liberal theologians” I promised a follow-up on essential evangelical theologians as dialogue partners. I haven’t forgotten, but it has been harder to nail down a list because I am at the left end of the evangelical spectrum and find more in common with more evangelicals than with liberals in theology–hard as that will be for some of my conservative critics to fathom. I have decided that I will need to break this into 2 posts: One on Conservative Evangelicals (e.g., Carl Henry) and one on Progressive Evangelicals (e.g., Stanley Grenz). I am not using the term “liberal evangelicals” because that could be confused with the once-familiar-but-now-obscure term “evangelical liberals” of the early 20th C. who were distinguished from the “modernist liberals.” These kinds of labels are always difficult calls.

Again, this upcoming post or two will not be ranking “most important” evangelicals in some kind of absolute sense, but simply which I find most important as dialogue partners. My “mentors” series continues to highlight mostly people who don’t fit easily into simple “liberal” or “evangelical” categories when viewed from the U.S. scene.

I should note for U.S. readers that the strong tie here between evangelical theology and rightwing politics is much rarer outside the U.S. In the U.K., for instance, a large plurality, if not majority, of evangelicals are Labor voters. In Canada, there seems very little link between religious affiliation and political allegiance. And so it goes.

AFTER the elections on Tuesday, I will also post some reflections that have been brewing in the back of my mind on Christianity and political theory and attitudes–connecting back to this blog’s “leveller” orientation.

November 3, 2006 Posted by | evangelicals, theology | Comments Off on Patience on Essential Evangelicals