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Post Evangelical Collective

The Post-Evangelicals Take Their Next Step Forward

History may well record that April 16-17, 2024, marked a breakthrough moment in the emergence of an organized post-evangelical Christian movement in the United States. It certainly felt like a breakthrough to this participant-observer, as I had the privilege of attending the third and by far the largest national gathering of the Post-Evangelical Collective last week. Stuffing 300 […]

The Post-Evangelicals Take Their Next Step Forward

After Evangelicalism Group Study Guide Announce

Now Is the Time to Talk about Post-Evangelicalism—Out Loud and Together

In my 2020 book, After Evangelicalism, I argued that there were likely twenty-five million people who had been raised evangelical but who had either switched to another religious tradition or no longer identified with any religious tradition. This estimate was based on the massive (35,000 surveyed in all fifty states) and much quoted Pew Research

Now Is the Time to Talk about Post-Evangelicalism—Out Loud and Together

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‘May They All Be One’

“I ask not only on behalf of these but also on behalf of those who believe in me through their word, that they may all be one.” — John 17:20-21 John 17 often is labeled as Jesus’ “high-priestly prayer.” This is because he stands in the sight of God praying for his people. In this extraordinarily profound

‘May They All Be One’

drawing of the birth of Jesus

How I Am Believing in the Christmas Story This Year

Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. (Matthew 1:23) It is a commonplace observation of mainstream historical-critical New Testament scholars that the accounts of Jesus’ birth contain historically questionable and even fantastical elements. For those whose

How I Am Believing in the Christmas Story This Year

Ancient painting of Jesus and the nativity

Christ Came to Make Us Truly Human: Social Ethics and the Image of Christ

Dietrich Bonhoeffer always brings me up short when he emphasizes the indicative rather than imperative voice in Paul’s thought and in Christian ethics more broadly. For example, in terms of Bonhoeffer’s work on image Christology, he emphasizes that the work of Christ in restoring the image of God in humanity is an accomplished fact, a reality

Christ Came to Make Us Truly Human: Social Ethics and the Image of Christ

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Christ Came to Make Us Truly Human: Remade in the Image of Christ

This is the second in a three-week Advent series. In six places in the New Testament, five of them in the (probable) writings of Paul, the image of God is reinterpreted in light of Jesus Christ. The imago dei becomes the imago Christi. This Pauline theme is sometimes called “image Christology.” It takes us closer to our exploration of

Christ Came to Make Us Truly Human: Remade in the Image of Christ

Old Painting of the Nativity

Christ Came to Make Us Truly Human: Human Sinfulness and the Image of God

Advent is upon us, and in my house, at least, we are already awash in Christmas decorations, music and movies. The peppermint bark candy is already on hand. The Christmas plates, cups and glasses are out. Our tree was up by Nov. 29! My wife, Jeanie, does Christmas right. At Catholic Mass on the first Sunday of

Christ Came to Make Us Truly Human: Human Sinfulness and the Image of God

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