Gendered Messaging in the Evangelical Purity Movement: My guest post at the Anxious Bench

I've been a fan of the Anxious Bench for years so I'm excited to have this piece picked up by the editors there. The topic is outside the usual cluster of themes I write about here and I may be overextending myself. But consider it a conversation starter if nothing else. Basically, I use my …

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David Cramer brings “Anabaptist Revisions” to the Patheos Blogosphere

I can't think of a better person to blog about Anabaptist issues than David Cramer. I first got to know David when we worked together on editing a collection of essays about the complicated historical and theological intersection of Anabaptists and evangelicals (The Activist Impulse, 2014). Since that time, David has gone on to earn …

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Evangelicals, Anabaptists, Depression, and Christian Rock: The Hermeneutic Circle’s Top Ten posts of 2018

This past July I dusted off the Hermeneutic Circle and vowed to get back into blogging -- at least once a week. So how did I do? Well, things certainly dwindled off here at the end of the year. So I guess I know what my New Year's resolution will be! But even with the …

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John Fea was on the verge of a sermon at Valparaiso University last night

Last night John Fea's Believe Me book tour stopped by Valparaiso University in northern Indiana and I made the trek, along with Grace student, Brennan Murray, from Warsaw/Winona Lake to take in the event. It was a smallish gathering of folks in an intimate recital hall. The program was structured as a Charlie Rose style …

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Does activist worship inspire “Fox Evangelicals?”

I don’t really know what’s going on in the minds of evangelicals when they sing along with worship songs. Its likely some are just thinking about lunch, the color of the carpet, the worship leader’s mannerisms, or wondering when that guy up front started doing the hand-raising thing. For many, though, worship songs no doubt …

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What’s in a Name? Branding and Outsider Church Traditions

Last month I had the privilege of helping to organize the Sixth Brethren World Assembly, which was held in Winona Lake, IN. This is a conference that seeks to bring together the seven largest denominations that have ties to the 18th century German Pietist group known as the New Anabaptists (Neue Täufer), which was founded …

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