Monday, January 24, 2005

Evangelical News

Speaking of run-of-the-mill Southern Baptist Republicans, a big story coming out of Texas is the sudden resignation of Baylor University President Robert B. Sloan, Jr. Christianity Today has the news here, and some reaction here. Get Religion also comments here. It's far too early to tell what, if anything, will come of the story.

The Southern Baptist Convention, meanwhile, has identified Cleveland as its next "Strategic Focus City" for an evangelization campaign. Should be interesting, considering that Cleveland Catholics outnumber Southern Baptists by about 100-1, and the city is also home to the United Church of Christ.

Last but not least, the NYTimes continues its "believers-as-exotic-beasts" coverage with a profile of Jay Bakker, the son of Jim and Tammy Faye. FF stipulates that Bakker's out there a bit, but then, so's the crowd he ministers to. And who the hell ever said tattoos and piercings made a person's faith any less real? If that were the case, we would be in for some expensive--and painful--laser surgery.

(We should point out as well that Bakker exemplifies to some extent the recent "emerging church" phenomenon, which might also be described as "post-evangelical." For that, if no other reason, we find him a pretty interesting cat.)


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