Hear Matt Chandler discuss his new book, The Explicit Gospel, during a live webcast of The Explicit Gospel Tour from Crosspointe Church in Orlando, Florida. Please join us at 7:30/6:30c on Saturday, April 21st.
As society flails wildly in its attempts to find satisfaction in immature and voyeuristic authenticity (or is it authentic immaturity and voyeurism?) let us model the humblest and boldest expressions of it as well as the the most gracious and merciful receptions. Authenticity is not one-size-fits-all.
The central concern we should have about our entertainment standards is that stories have a catechetical power; they have a teaching role. Who is the protagonist, and what standards does he live by? Who are you being trained to identify with, and who are you being trained to despise?
As a tradition that has emphasized freedom and autonomy, sometimes perhaps too much so, we have to be careful to distinguish between description and prescription. So descriptively, I’d say there are many Baptist identities, even within the SBC. The tricky part is articulating a view of Baptist identity that reflects biblical emphases and is compelling to Baptist Christians.