Christ the Center: An Evangelical Theology of Hope, by Andrew T. Draper
As the cultural influence of evangelicals in the West wanes, there is growing anxiety among evangelicals about their theological identity and the future of the nations they live in. Andrew T. Draper, founding senior pastor of Urban Light Community Church in Muncie, Indiana, suggests that evangelicals need a more robust theological, biblical, and christological account of hope that will in turn inform a Christ-centered ecclesiology.
Addressing the Evangelical Mind-Body Problem: The Local Church as Learning Organization, by C. Christopher Smith
Evangelicalism faces a widening gap between the academy and the churches. C. Christopher Smith argues that this mind-body problem will be resolved not in the academy but in local churches, which can become learning organizations where learning and action are interwoven in community. Smith is founding editor of the “Englewood Review of Books” and author of several books, including “Slow Church.”
Psychological Contributions to Understanding Prejudice and the Evangelical Mind, by Maureen Miner Bridges
Maureen Miner Bridges, director of research at Excelsia College, examines prejudice as a potential outcome of evangelical states of mind from the 1950s to the present. She reviews empirical psychological literature and calls for an integrative approach to reducing prejudice that considers worldview, biblical authority, and biblical interpretation. Bridges’s paper was read at the conference by Mark Stephens.
Churches: Questions & Answers
Andrew T. Draper, C. Christopher Smith, and Mark Stephens (for Maureen Miner Bridges) take questions about their talks on the church.
University Ministry and the Evangelical Mind, by David C. Mahan and C. Donald Smedley
Two long-time parachurch professionals consider the past and potential influence of parachurch organizations that minister on secular campuses. Describing the campus parachurch’s strong support of the life of the evangelical mind, they consider why these organizations have been largely overlooked in scholarship. David Mahan is executive director of the Rivendell Institute at Yale, and Don Smedley is senior fellow at the Rivendell Institute.
People of the Magazine? Evangelical Innovation for Cultural Engagement amid Technological Change, by Rachel Maxson
Rachel Maxson explores the history of evangelical media innovation and the current economic and technological environment for publishing. Giving particular attention to “Books & Culture” magazine and its closing in 2016, she considers possibilities for new communication strategies that can continue to adapt. Maxson is the instructional and liaison services librarian at John Brown University.