A Quick Note: Gen-Xers as scary no longer…

In my last post, I wrote the following about my generation.  I love my wife’s response (see below) in conversation later that day…. Gen-X.  Do you hear the scandalous, threatening ring to that enigmatic, iconic letter, “X”?  Older generations watched us grow in dread and fascination… what type of future will they bring?  How will…

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Younger Evangelicals & the Culture Wars: “Not Your Aunt Gertrude’s Church”

NOTE 1: This is the 2nd installment of a new series, “Younger Evangelicals and the Culture Wars.”  See here for the 1st one.  NOTE 2: Some of the material below appears in the chapter “Cultural Irrelevance” in my book on cynicism within and toward the church. “Not Your Aunt Gertrude’s Church“ This is from a…

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Responding to Gerald Heistand on the “Ecclesial Theologian”

I have been writing on the vocational idea of the “pastor-theologian.”  The recent series of posts was inspired by Doug Sweeney’s article at the Gospel Coalition, whose “call and agenda” should be received with both excitement and urgency. Related to these thoughts, I recommend this post by Mark Stevens who is studying Eugene Peterson’s model…

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Doctrine Adorned (not necessarily Published): How the Pastor-Theologian Articulates Theology

[This is the third post in an ongoing discussion on the Pastor-Theologian in response to Douglas Sweeney’s article, “A Call and Agenda for Pastor-Theologians.“] My friend Gerald Hiestand has made available an excellent paper  on the pastor-theologian.  I know of no one more devoted to articulating this vocational vision for my generation.  If you are…

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The Vocational Identity of the Pastor-Theologian (part 2): Peterson’s “Contemplative Pastor”

[This post follows another inspired by an article at Gospel Coalition by Douglas Sweeney.] Pastor, or Pastor-Theologian?  A number of the most helpful books on the pastor’s life and work that have weighed in my hands have been written by Eugene Peterson.  I recently finished his memoir which recast the wisdom and insight I have…

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