Aging Christian Rockers and Sound Tracks for Court Evangelicals

I grew up listening to Petra. If you didn't attend a church steeped in white evangelicalism's "youth group" sub-culture of the 1980s like I did, I don't expect you to know of this rock band. They started in the 1970s with a sound akin to Kansas or Styx blended with synth melodies and heavy guitar …

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Historians on the Hot Seat: David Swartz (How the majority world is reshaping American evangelicalism)

This week's post spotlights historian David Swartz as part of a new series meant to focus on historians and their ongoing work: current projects, research efforts, innovative teaching, travel abroad, and other activities of interest. (Its not really a hot seat at this point, but maybe we'll get some controversy going eventually!) Rumor has it …

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Anabaptist Critiques of Evangelicals and “Religious Freedom”

We continue to hear a lot about religious freedom from the Trump administration and conservative evangelicals these days. As we know, the issues have ranged from wedding cakes to contraceptives. In the last few weeks, Republicans have even moved to export their religious freedom efforts around the world. Evangelicals believe they wage these battles in …

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Praise the Lord and Pass the Meds: Depression, Anxiety and the Academic Life

Is there something about academe that attracts those prone to depression and anxiety? Does the modern academy, with all its stresses and strains, contribute to depression among faculty members? This post gets a little personal. I can't promise to respond, but comments are welcome. As a young person, I wrestled with internal tensions common to …

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The Moravian Origins of the Missionary Newsletter

Missionary newsletters are a mainstay of evangelical culture. Those of us who have grown up in evangelical churches can attest to this. This informal literary genre typically contains a combination of updates on continuing mission efforts, requests for financial gifts and "prayer support," as well as cultural insights and descriptions about what mission work is …

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Moravians, peace ethics, and bridal mysticism

How's that for an interesting grouping of topics? As The Hermeneutic Circle continues to get retooled, I am taking some time this week to review some of my guest posts over at The Pietist Schoolman. I've enjoyed revisiting some of the topics I wrote about there and I continue to be grateful to Chris Gehrz …

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