John Allen Chau and misplaced evangelical zeal

Excellent article! Is the Gospel offensive because of who it excludes or because of who it includes? I believe it is the later.

Sarahbeth Caplin


I was sitting in a coffee shop a few months ago, working on a book review for a company I was freelancing for at the time. The book was about whether or not the Apostle Paul was bigoted, misogynistic, and homophobic, given what he wrote about slaves, women, and other groups.

The book was lying face-up next to me on the table, attracting the attention of a man near me. He looked about my age, maybe slightly older (I’m horrible at guessing people’s ages). He asked if he could take the seat across from me to ask me about the book, because it looked interesting. I explained that I agreed with the authors on some things, and disagreed with them on others (par for the course with me when it comes to theology books!).

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Author: socalkdl

Like so many Evangelicals of late, I have grown weary of the so-called "Culture Wars." I can agree with Philip Yancey in his "Vanishing Grace: Whatever Happened to the Good News," that grace within the church seems to be a vanishing commodity. Although still connected to the Evangelical church I have often felt distant and removed from portions of its theology and interaction with a Post-Christian society. A few years ago I felt it necessary, for my own spiritual health, to step back and "deconstruct" my theological belief set. I had become too enmeshed in the Evangelical "bubble" to honestly and critically assess my conservative theological doctrines. What has followed in the past few years is my own journey of rediscovering the Bible, and, above all, rediscovering God. It has become a journey that still surprises and delights me. Not everything is new. The faith first delivered to me by the Evangelical church has been reaffirmed. The Good News is still the best deal out there. But there have been new discoveries as well. It is my hope that my posts encourage your own questions and reassessments. It is my conviction that, because we see through a mirror darkly, there are questions that are valid to ask, and that we should not be afraid to ask them. God bless you in your own spiritual journeys. Kirk Leavens

One thought on “John Allen Chau and misplaced evangelical zeal”

  1. Well done, with kindness and understanding. Very timely. I had a similar post I was working on and now I’m gonna finish and post. Such a painful story for those of us who grew up in conservative Christianity. Thanks.


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