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The Wide Spectrum of Evangelicalism

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White Horse Inn producer Shane Rosenthal this week is at the International Christian Retail Show in St. Louis. Here's a pic from the convention that really illustrates the wide spectrum of Evangelicalism.

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  • Reminiscent of Ted Haggard's spectrum between Benny Hinn and R.C. Sproul, as he once stated on Issues, Etc., that was played on WHI.

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  • Back around 1984 I first heard about Chuck Swindoll when I started to work for a “Christian Bookstore” during senior year of high school. I started by working in the film (16mm) department of the “ministry.”

    Back then Swindoll had film series Strengthening Your Grip, and it is interesting that he is still prominent in the Christian booksellers industry.

    It was the first time I heard of Joyce Meyers, Tony Campolo, and Dr. James Dobson. I don’t miss those days but it was the beginning of my Reformed Faith journey.


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  • Guest - Alberto

    I feel very uncomfortable when preachers become superstars and have their images splashed all over like celebrities.

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  • Does this mean we can look forward to more of the interviews that I have come to know and love?

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  • Guest - Vince

    Are you saying that the "Wide Spectrum of Evangelicalism" is from good to bad (Swindoll to Meyer) which is what I think you are saying, Good to good (Swindoll to Meyer-title is sarcastic) I absolutely do NOT think you are trying to say this, or bad to bad (Swindoll to Meyer-title is sarcastic) putting them all on the same plane. I don't know if "bad to bad" is what you are trying to say. Anyways, I think you are trying say that it is "good to bad". Just some clarification. Grace and peace.

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  • Thanks for the question, Vince. The point wasn't to identify good evangelicals and bad evangelicals but to show how diverse Evangelicalism really is. Like John Chitty says above, Evangelicalism can be a broad spectrum that includes people as different as Benny Hinn and R. C. Sproul. For more on the problem of Evangelicalism, we recommend a few Modern Reformation articles by D.G. Hart:
    "Whatever Happened to Evangelicalism" (Jan/Feb 2002)
    "The Evangelical Narrative: Getting Rid of the Church" (Nov/Dec 2008)
    And the issue we did back in 2001, "Evangelicalism: Who Owns It?"

    --sorry, these links are not coming through but go to ModernReformation.org for these and other great resources that describe the uneasy relationship between the Reformation and Evangelicalism.

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  • Guest - Vince

    Thanks Eric. Yes, the spectrum of evangelicalism is broad. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? HOwever, I think the definition of evangelicalism has changed over the decades. Who is considered an evangelical today that probably wouldn't be considered an evangelical in decades past? What defines an evangelical today? I think this would be a good topic to speak about on the WHI. I will definetely check out those articles in modernreformation.org. Thanks again. Grace and peace.

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