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In the Land of Believers by Gina Welch
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Jun 07, 2010

really liked it
Read from June 07 to 08, 2010

I found myself wondering why I'm attracted to these "outsiders trying to get a handle on Evangelical culture & practice" books... I speculated yesterday that it's because I (even though I grew up in Southern Baptist churches and have been in the ministry since the mid-80's) feel like an outsider sometimes myself.

A couple of quick thoughts before I wholeheartedly recommend reading the book:

- Thomas Road Baptist Church isn't a perfect snapshot of the Evangelical movement. Heck, it's not even a particularly good snapshot of Baptist life. But nothing about her account of her two years there "undercover" struck me as false or made up - I've seen many if not all of those things in the churches I've been around, both the good & the bad.

- I really like the way Ms. Welch wrestles with the ethical/moral dilemna of lying about what she believes. This does not come off as an easy process for her.

OK, now go read the book... esp. if you're a part of a more traditional Evangelical church. You may find yourself offended at times - but you may also get some clarity about how we best communicate what we believe through hearing Gina Welch tell her story.
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John As a mainstream Protesant, I find these evangelicals' smugness rejecting other denominations as "non-Christian" VERY offensive!

message 2: by Mark (last edited May 05, 2011 08:49PM) (new) - rated it 4 stars

Mark John - you'll need to define "denomination" for that comment to make any sense. And, for that matter, "mainstream Protestant".

Those come in lots of flavors. :-)

John Say ... United Church of Christ, Presbyterian, Methodist

Mark Then your comment about "evangelicals' smugness" is unfair.

Sara Cat For whatever reason, I am drawn as to see your list.

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