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  • Wes Andrews

    Interesting series. I agree with much of your “What’s weird”. But I have to say that your example of what is Biblical really misrepresents both Scripture and probably most people’s appeal to the authority of Scripture.

    When reading Scripture one will find described behaviors, and prescribed behaviors. In your example the Scripture is merely describing David’s sin, NOT prescribing it. In fact to study that description of David’s life, is to learn what not to do. As an example of a prescribed behavior, when Jesus tells us to love one another or to pray for our enemies, he expects us to follow his prescription.

    Again I agree that all people, not just evangelicals are more effective a communicating when they pay attention to all aspects of their communication especially with people who don’t identify themselves with that group.

  • Curious

    “Where were we? Oh, right–just so humbled to live in this messy space together as we seek to fill the God-shaped hole in all of us.”

    Speaking of which, what exactly is the evangelical definition of “humble?” I keep hearing Christians talk about how humble they are and how they aspire to humility. But calling yourself humble is never humble; you’re supposed to let other people call you humble, not brag about how humble you are. What do they even think the word means?

  • Jack

    Curious, I think you’re confusing saying one’s humbled with saying one is humble.

    The two are opposite.

    The latter is a contradiction in terms. The former is not. The latter is about self. The former is about something that dwarfs the self.

  • Jack

    I guess in Laura’s circles, it’s cool for adults to whine incessantly about how both evangelical subculture and human nature refuse to become other than themselves. Part of being an adult is coming to terms with the immutability of many things. It’s the opposite of what children do.

    If Laura wants to do a truly funny spoof on evangelicalism, she should take lessons from Lisa Birnbach’s Preppy Handbook. Written decades ago, it stands as a way to poke relentless, irreverent fun at a subculture without being bitter or mean-spirited.

    I guess the difference between Laura and Lisa is that Lisa was not bitter or ashamed about prepdom whereas Laura is apparently both when it comes to evangelicalism.