Still Evangelical?

I am the son of two immigrants, my father was Polish and my mother is Guatemalan. I grew up in small Latino churches. I am evangelical. I was on staff at an evangelical megachurch. I am a PhD student at a historically significant evangelical institution. I am also a registered Republican.  It should go withoutContinue reading “Still Evangelical?”

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How I Changed My Mind About Evolution

No, this is not a blog about how I changed my mind about evolution, however it is a blog about a book containing essays from many well known and well respected evangelicals about how they changed their mind about evolution. This book, edited by Kathryn Applegate and J.B. Stump contains a numerous amount of essaysContinue reading “How I Changed My Mind About Evolution”

Theology and the Mirror of Scripture

What is an “evangelical?” Is there even such a thing? If one were to look at the vast spectrum of people who call themselves evangelicals, one might be tempted to say that there isn’t. Yet somehow, this moniker can’t simply be shaken off. People keep on calling themselves (and other) evangelicals. It’s a sociological-theological-historical termContinue reading “Theology and the Mirror of Scripture”

This Paycheck’s Book Purchases (February 7th)

I am married now and I am still reading books! Its a wonderful surprise that I really didn’t expect. I guess this blog series didn’t die out…. Anyway, here are this paycheck’s book purchases, you might notice there is a little bit of everything (ministry, philosophy, history): Flesh: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth byContinue reading “This Paycheck’s Book Purchases (February 7th)”

Matters of the Heart

The head and the heart ought not conflict. Intellectual knowledge ought not conflict with our emotions and sentiments. If Christianity is true then its crazy not to have an emotional response to the truths of our faith.  John Wesley wholeheartedly believed that. Fred Sanders explains that Wesley was not anti-intellectual, anti-theological, or anti creedal, butContinue reading “Matters of the Heart”

What is Evangelical Theology?

I am pre-ordering Michael Bird’s Evangelical Theology because it looks really interesting, and because I really think he is on to something. I firmly believe, correct me if I am wrong, all of our systematic theology should begin with God’s ultimate revelation of himself: Jesus Christ. I believe that systematic theology should be Christological. ItContinue reading “What is Evangelical Theology?”

Why Didn’t the Church Just Stick with the Bible? (Pt. 2)- The Roots of Evangelical Anti- Intellectualism

Yesterday we began our series on the importance of theology with a question that Veli-Matti Karkkainen’s students often ask at the beginning of his theology classes. “What is the point of these finely nuanced disputes – what difference do they make at all?” “Why didn’t the church just stick with the Bible?” These questions revealContinue reading “Why Didn’t the Church Just Stick with the Bible? (Pt. 2)- The Roots of Evangelical Anti- Intellectualism”

Interpreting the History of American Evangelicalism: 2 Lenses (Part 3: Doctrinal Disputes)

In this brief series of posts I would like to examine the history of American Christianity through two lenses: 1-the lens of democratization and 2-the lens of doctrinal disputes. Last time we looked at Evangelicalism through the lens of “democratization,” in today’s post (which is the third post in this series) we will take aContinue reading “Interpreting the History of American Evangelicalism: 2 Lenses (Part 3: Doctrinal Disputes)”