Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Gordon College Will No Longer Have a History Major
  2. Liberty University Took Some of the Old Southwestern Seminary Stained Glass Windows
  3. “Dear Mike Pence: The real persecution of Christians isn’t here in America”
  4. More Thoughts on Gordon College’s Decision to Drop the History Major
  5. Commencement at Liberty University
  6. Evangelical Trump Fans: Don’t Forget to  Buy Your King Cyrus-Donald Trump Prayer Coin
  7. What Hath Trump Wrought
  8. David Blight on Reinhold Niebuhr, Theology, and a Bunch of Other Things
  9. Tim Conway, RIP
  10. When the Way of Improvement Can’t Lead Home: A Brief Review of Tara Westover’s  Educated

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. What Are Evangelicals Afraid Of?
  2. The Spiritual Journey of David Brooks
  3. Ron Chernow Kills It at the White House Correspondence Dinner
  4. Every Pete Buttigieg Interview
  5. James Baldwin and Reinhold Niebuhr Talk About the 1963 Birmingham Church  Bombing
  6. Federalist #69 and the Mueller Report
  7. There Were Good People on Both Sides Saturday at Politics & Prose Bookstore in Washington D.C.
  8. Out of the Zoo: “My Year with the Messiah College History Department”
  9. A Visit to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  10. What Franklin Graham Said About the “Private Sins” of Bill Clinton in 1998

 

 

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. The Mueller Report and the Trump Evangelicals
  2. The Fox News Crowd Doesn’t Like Obama’s Use of the Phrase “Easter Worshippers”
  3. What Franklin Graham Said About the “Private Sins” of Bill Clinton in 1998
  4. If Democrats Want to Remove Trump from Office in 2020 They Need to Rally Around Joe Biden
  5. Taylor University and Mike Pence
  6. Steve King Compares His Suffering to Jesus on the Cross
  7. New Springsteen Book is Coming
  8. The Court Evangelicals
  9. So What DOES Al Mohler Believe About Social Justice?
  10. Out of the Zoo: “Cathedrals”

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Taylor University and Mike Pence
  2. David Blight Wins the Pulitzer Prize for History
  3. How Long Will Americans Tolerate This Man as Their President?
  4. A Distinguished Taylor University Alumnus Speaks Out on the Pence Invitation
  5. Michelle Bachmann on Trump: “I have never seen a more biblical president”
  6. Gerson: Trump is the Real Threat to Religious Liberty
  7. Trump is Getting His Base Ready for the Release of the Mueller Report
  8. Big Changes at Southwestern Theological Seminary
  9. But What About Hillary?
  10. Presidential Historian: “Trump has none of the traits the founders thought essential for presidents”

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week:

  1. A Visit to Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary
  2. Song of the Day: “Hills and Valleys” (Congrats UVA)
  3. Where are the Court Evangelical Defenders of “Family Values” Today?
  4. Pete Buttigieg Slams Evangelicals for Supporting Trump
  5. Tony Bennett, Evangelicalism, and University of Virginia Basketball
  6. Jimmy Carter: Democrats Should Change Their Position on Abortion
  7. Trump Tells Border Agents to Break the Law.  Court Evangelicals Remain Silent
  8. Mount Vernon CEO Doug Bradburn Explains What It Was Like Giving Donald Trump a Tour
  9. Is Pete Buttigieg’s Religious Rhetoric Any Different Than the Rhetoric of the Christian Right?
  10. A Message to the Michigan Department of Education: We are All Democrats

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Jimmy Carter: Democrats Should Change Their Position on Abortion
  2. Pete Buttigieg’s Faith: What’s All the Fuss About?
  3. Trends Regarding Race and Evangelicalism
  4. Ron Sider: Health Care for All; but not Medicare for All
  5. Panelitis
  6. 2020: Are We Amusing Ourselves to Death?
  7. Should This Painting be at the Smithsonian?
  8. How Bruce Springsteen Created “Thunder Road”
  9. When 11 Italians Were Lynched in New Orleans
  10. Some Front Porchers Pick Their Candidate for 2020

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week:

  1. What Should We Make of Bill Barr’s 4-Page Letter?
  2.  Fox News Court Evangelical: “If what I hear at church is no better than what I hear on CNN…then why bother?”
  3. Franklin Foer: “The Mueller Probe Was an Unmitigated Success”
  4. Why You Should Read the Opening Paragraph of Barbara Tuchman’s “The Guns of August”
  5. Robert Mueller as Atticus Finch
  6. In Defense of Denominations
  7. Franklin Graham Wants to Transfer the Billy Graham Papers from Wheaton to Charlotte
  8. Loyal Slave Monuments
  9. Beto O’Rourke Apologizes for High-School Mixtape
  10. Coming in Fall 2019

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Beto O’Rourke Apologizes for High-School Mixtape
  2. Pew Research: White Evangelical Churchgoers Continue to Support Trump
  3. Even White Evangelicals Oppose Trump’s Bible-Signing
  4. Middle School 2008 vs. Middle School 2018
  5. E.J. Dionne on Ben Sasse’s Failure to Oppose Donald Trump’s “National Emergency”
  6. Rules for Flying
  7. So What DOES Al Mohler Believe About Social Justice?
  8. Did Andrew Jackson Say He Wanted to Shoot Henry Clay and Hang John Calhoun?
  9. A White Teacher is Removed from Teaching a Michigan High School Course in African American History
  10. A Day in the Pacific Northwest

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. A White Teacher is Removed from Teaching  a Michigan High School Course in African-American History
  2. Meacham: At least Trump didn’t sign the Bibles in red ink
  3. “They had a guy from Messiah College”
  4. So What DOES Al Mohler Believe About Social Justice?
  5. Court Evangelicals Seizes on Ilhan Omar’s Remarks to Score Points for Trump
  6. How Do We “Render Unto Caesar” in a Democracy?
  7. Jon Meacham: “I am a huge admirer of @JohnFea1’s, and love his ‘court evangelical’ coinage”
  8. SNUBBED!
  9. Christian Universalism
  10. “Out of the Zoo: ‘Listening Ears'”

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Gerson: “Trump’s CPAC Speech Was Like “hearing a ringtone of ‘Macarena’ during a funeral, and no one can find the phone”
  2. Evangelicals, Trump, and “Existential Fear”
  3. FDR’s New Deal Was Also Green
  4. Will Wheaton College Rehabilitate the Word “Evangelical”?
  5. The Author’s Corner with James Davis
  6. What Court Evangelicals Robert Jeffress Said Tonight on Fox Business News
  7. Who are the Most Intolerant Americans?
  8. Mike Pence is Liberty University’s 2019 Commencement Speaker
  9. An Assignment That Gets Students to Take Writing Seriously
  10. More Politics of Fear

 

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1.  Now This is an Entertaining Book Review
  2.  What is an Evangelical?
  3.  Max Boot Responds to Historian Critics
  4. The Republican Party Knows Michael Cohen’s Testimony is True
  5. Images of the Day
  6. Sunday Night Odds and Ends
  7. Max Boot’s Screed Against Historians
  8. What Franklin Graham Said About the “Private Sins” of Bill Clinton in 1998
  9. Good Will Hunting and the Evolution of the Market Economy in the Southern Colonies
  10. Did Andrew Jackson Say He Wanted to Shoot Henry Clay and Hang John Calhoun?

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week on The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. Max Boot’s Screed Against Historians
  2. Michael Gerson on Depression and Hope
  3. A Southern Baptist Seminary Professor Reflects on the SBC Sexual Abuse Scandal
  4. Evangelicals Love Trump’s “National Emergency” Declaration
  5. The University of Providence is the Latest School to Cut Liberal Arts Programs
  6. Sam Wineburg’s Twitter Thread About Wikipedia
  7. Timothy Dalrymple is the New President and CEO of Christianity Today
  8. A Quick Visit to the City of Angels
  9. On Historians, Public Debate, and Journalists
  10. What Franklin Graham Said About the “Private Sins” of Bill Clinton in 1998

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1.  Were the “20. and Odd Negroes” Slaves or Indentured Servants?
  2.  Debs: Socialism in “merely Christianity in action.”
  3.  Why NBC Dumped Bob Costas
  4.  An Anti-Racist Syllabus for Virginia Governor Ralph Northam
  5.  Skype Interview Nightmares
  6.  Commonplace Book #25
  7.  When a Popular and Powerful First Lady Opposed the Women’s Suffrage Movement
  8.  What Did Trump Mean When He Capitalized “Trail” in a Tweet About Elizabeth Warren: Some Historical Context
  9.  Why Did God Allow the Great Boston Fire of 1760?
  10.  Some Thoughts on James Dobson

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. What Happens When Evangelical Leaders Get Too Close to Power?
  2. Out of the Zoo: “Remembering Grandpa”
  3. The Need for Historical Thinking
  4. Jemar Tisby’s New Book and People Who Read the Gospel Coalition’s Twitter Feed
  5. Colin Kaepernick’s Christian Faith?
  6. The Author’s Corner with Paul Musselwhite
  7. Good Will Hunting and the Evolution of the Market Economy in the Southern Colonies
  8. Did Andrew Jackson Say He Wanted to Shoot Henry Clay and Hang John Calhoun?
  9. The Author’s Corner with Albert Louis Zambone
  10. Warhol and Burger King

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week at The Way of Improvement Leads Home:

  1. The Key Change in Evangelical Praise Songs
  2. Union College Theater Department Stages 13 Short Plays on Springsteen Songs
  3. What Should We Make of Trump’s Tweet About Bible Class in Schools
  4. Sarah Sanders: God “wanted Trump to be president”
  5. Introducing a New Column: “Out of the Zoo”
  6. A Former White House Staffer Reflects on the Court Evangelicals
  7. The Latest From Court Evangelical World
  8. Jemar Tisby’s New Book and People Who Read The Gospel Coalition’s Twitter Feed
  9. Evangelical Praise Songs and the “Manilow Effect”
  10. “It seems strange that a university would praise an employee for helping to rig online polls”

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

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  1. Should We Rethink Our Response to the Covington Catholic Boys?
  2. Jemar Tisby’s New Book and People Who Read The Gospel Coalition’s Twitter Feed
  3. Let’s Hope This is a “Teachable Moment” for Covington Catholics
  4. “Evangelical” Churchgoers and “Evangelical” Non-Churchgoers Rode the Trump Train in the 2016 GOP Primaries
  5. “True Reconciliation is Hard.  True Reconciliation is Worth It”
  6. Decontructing “The Schuyler Sisters”
  7. Someone Failed These Boys
  8. Wearing a MAGA Hat is Not Pro-Life
  9. Donald Trump is  Mafia Thug
  10. Wearing a MAGA Hat is Not Pro-Life

 

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

Here are the most popular posts of the last week:

  1.  50 Court Evangelical Stories That Tell Us Much About Support for Trump in His First Two Years
  2. Max Boot Lists 18 Reasons Why Trump Could be a Russian Asset
  3. “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore”
  4. Jerry Falwell’s “Two Kingdoms” View is Not Only Wrong, It’s Dangerous
  5. The Political Brilliance of Trump’s Fast Food Feast
  6. Talk: The State of the Evangelical Mind on Christian College Campuses
  7. Trump’s Placelessness
  8. Progressive Catholic Priest James Martin Explains Why He is Pro-Life
  9. On Trump, Walls, and the Medieval
  10. What Would Lincoln Say?

 

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

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  1.  Trump Will Give a Speech Tomorrow Night. It Will Probably be Based on Lies and Other Assorted Falsehoods
  2. The Best Christian Bookstore in America
  3. Meet the Way of Improvement Leads Home New Intern: Annie Thorn
  4. Introducing Contingent Magazine
  5. Which Response to a Presidential Address Was Worse?:
  6. Jill Lepore Talks These Truths
  7. 7 Historic Meanings of Evangelicalism
  8. The Mind of Ben Wesley
  9. Maybe Bruce Springsteen Was Born to Run Home
  10. What Hath Anabaptists To Do With Evangelicals?

What Hath Anabaptists To Do With Evangelicals?

PICKWICK_TemplateA few years ago I wrote an essay in a book, edited by Jared Burkholder and David Cramer, titled, The Activist Impulse: Essays on the Intersection of Evangelicalism and Anabaptism.  Since I self-identify as an evangelical, work at a college with Anabaptist roots, and study American evangelical movements, I have had an informal interest in this subject for a long time.

Cramer is a pastor and seminary professor who works at the intersection of these two Christian movements.   I met him for the first time in the Fall when I spoke about Believe Me at the Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana.

Cramer writes about that visit in a post at his new Patheos blog “Anabaptist Revisions.”  Here is a taste of “Does ‘Anabaptist Revisions’ Belong on the Evangelical Channel?“:

“Are you sure you belong on the evangelical channel?” the Patheos director of content asked me over the phone. It’s a fair question.

A couple months ago over breakfast a pastor friend from my evangelical denomination expressed his concern with what he called my “Mennonitism.” He seemed to think Anabaptist theology is incompatible with evangelicalism and to equate Anabaptism with liberalism.

The irony is that the denomination in which we both pastor was started by Mennonites who had been kicked out of the Mennonite church for their progressive methods and ideals—like singing four-part harmony, holding tent revivals, and embracing women in leadership.

The suspicion can run both ways. Last fall evangelical historian John Fea spoke at Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary (AMBS, the seminary where I work) and was told in no uncertain terms by one Mennonite theologian in attendance that evangelical theology is itself responsible for the violence and racism prevalent in American society. After the interaction Fea wrote that he “realized that Anabaptism and Evangelicalism are quite different, especially when it comes to the theology of the atonement and the role that doctrine plays in Christian identity.”

Read the rest here.

Most Popular Posts of the Last Week

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  1.  What Happens When an Evangelical Pundit, Armed Only with 58K Twitter Followers and a Reference to the Bebbington Quadrilateral, Takes on a Historian
  2. The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Report on Racism and Slavery is Well-Done and It is a Big Step in the Right Direction
  3. Darryl Hart Weighs-In on the Thomas Kidd-Jonathan Merritt Debate
  4. David Barton’s New Book
  5. Why I Defended Southern Baptist Theological Seminary’s Statement on its Racist Past
  6. Should Evangelicals be Defined by Their Spiritual Commitments or Something Else?
  7. Yes, There Was an “Evangelical” Movement in the Eighteenth Century and it Should be Defined Theologically
  8. Court Evangelical Eric Metaxas Says Maria Butina is Probably Innocent
  9. Anxious Benchers Weigh-In on the Kidd-Merritt Dust-Up
  10. Historicizing “Sweet Home Alabama”