When evangelicals make a mess, who cleans it up? Many today are discarding the evangelical label, even if they still hold to the historic tenets of evangelicalism. But evangelicalism is a space, not just a brand, and living in that space is complicated. As a lifelong evangelical who happens to be a biracial Asian/White millennial, Dan Stringer has felt both included and alienated by the evangelical community and has wrestled with whether to stay or go. He sits as an uneasy evangelical insider with ties to many of evangelicalism's historic organizations and institutions. Neither "everything's fine" nor "burn it all down," Stringer offers a thoughtful appreciation of evangelicalism's history, identity, and strengths, but also lament for its blind spots, toxic brokenness, and complicity with injustice. From this complicated space, we can move forward with informed vision rather than resignation and with hope for our future together.
Foreword by Richard Mouw Introduction: When Evangelicalism Is Your Mother 1 Struggling with EvangelicalismPart I: Awareness 2 Defining Evangelicalism: Understanding Our History 3 Faith Stream Awareness: Knowing Your LocationPart II: Appreciation 4 Why Appreciation Matters 5 Strengthening Our StrengthsPart III: Repentance 6 Evil Cloaked in Spiritual Language 7 Learning to Repent CommunallyPart IV: Renewal 8 Is Evangelicalism Worth Renewing? 9 Better Than We Found It Epilogue: Hope for Your Struggle Acknowledgements Discussion Questions Notes