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Friday, January 26, 2007

Saving The 'E-Word'

Interesting piece from USA Today on the term 'evangelical'.

I pretty much quit identifying myself as an 'evangelical' a few years ago, calling myself instead a 'follower of Christ' or simply a 'Jesus Freak'. It's not that I don't consider myself an evangelical in the original spirit of the term, but that I fear the term has been impregnated over the last decade or so with all sorts of baggage, commandeered, if you will, by people with various axes to grind.

Scot McKnight wrote a great article on the changing definition of 'evangelical' on his blog Jesus Creed. Give it a look. By the way, I really like this sentence from the end of Scot's posting: Should you care to know, one thing the word “emerging” seeks to capture is the older sense of evangelical for a new day.

Evangelical. Are you one? What do you think.

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2 Comments:

  • I don't know man. English is a living language (which I often butcher) and perceptions of labels are always changing. Seems like media damage control to me. I just always say "I'm a Christian" (if it comes up) and then people say, "Yeah, you're really religious." They never said that in the south, but I hear it all the time up here. To which I say "Nah, I live under grace and with faith."

    s-ray

    By Anonymous, at 1/27/2007 12:27 PM  

  • just thought i'd tell you guys that I really miss all of you right now. especially you pastor darin, really could use a breakfast date on the oval to talk about life. I visited a different Church this morning, and even though it was a good service, there still is nothing like Christ Church in my heart. miss you all!
    <3, amanda

    By Anonymous, at 1/28/2007 1:39 PM  

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