The "United Methodists" Are No Longer United

What's Going On? Yesterday, the United Methodist Church made headlines by announcing that a taskforce of both conservative and liberal factions within the UMC have reached a settlement to part ways, with a new theologically conservative denomination branching off. For the past several years, the country's largest mainline denomination and second-largest Protestant denomination (second only … Continue reading The "United Methodists" Are No Longer United

The Future of American Protestantism Looks Pretty “Evangelical”

Almost two weeks ago, the Institute of Religion and Democracy released an online article detailing the decline in membership among the so-called "seven sisters" of America's mainline Protestant churches, a group that includes the United Methodist Church, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the Episcopal Church, the United Church of Christ, the Disciples of Christ, and my … Continue reading The Future of American Protestantism Looks Pretty “Evangelical”

Billy Graham and Cultural Engagement: A Lesson to Christians

I'm not sure I would be here if it wasn't for Billy Graham. I don't say that as a matter of mere sentiment, but as an objective observation. Although Millennials such as myself have only lived in the twilight years of Billy Graham's life and ministry, his influence on previous generations has reverberated down to … Continue reading Billy Graham and Cultural Engagement: A Lesson to Christians

Taking Back Evangelicalism

I'll always remember the first time I became aware of the term "evangelical". As a young boy growing up in a predominately Lutheran town with predominantly Lutheran friends at school, I had asked my mom what “type” of Christians we were. “Well,” she began, “we’re what you call ‘evangelical’.” Although my curious and inquiring mind … Continue reading Taking Back Evangelicalism