In Which I Revisit the Evangelical Circus

I don’t know who invented the phrase “evangelical circus,” but in many ways it describes exactly the Christianity I left behind many years ago.* I can’t speak for all churches, or even many, but the few I have been involved in were certainly circus-like in their unrelenting desire to entertain the audience, with never a wasted moment. As I said, I left that world behind years ago, and I’m now a part of a smaller church that focuses more on worship, community, and holiness than felt needs and Christotainment.

This past month, I went back to the evangelical circus and found myself even more confused than I was 10 years ago. Below you’ll find my thoughts on what I experienced, but please take these observations and criticisms only so far and with a grain of salt. I have different obligations now, and don’t have the context to completely understanding what is going on. I also would be remiss if I didn’t point out that I don’t believe my current tradition is perfect; it certainly has its many flaws and no doubt an evangelical church-goer would be confused by the liturgy and its insistence on the spoken Word. Continue reading

I'm Not an Evangelical

Take a look at the top 50 bestselling authors last month as reported by the Evangelical Christian Publishers Association.  (By the way, why do they add the Christian part, isn’t that redundant?)  If this list proves anything, it proves that I am not, by any stretch of the imagination, an evangelical.  As I look over this list, I have read exactly one book from the authors on the list.  Well, I read a book edited by MacArthur and about 3/4 of his book on parenting, but besides that, I’ve only read Phillip Yancey (and only one book at that).  I pretty sure I should be happy about this.