Still Evangelical?: Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning, Edited by Mark Labberton

Still Evangelical?

Insiders Reconsider Political, Social, and Theological Meaning

Edited by Mark Labberton
Contributions by Shane Claiborne, Jim Daly, Mark Galli, Lisa Sharon Harper, Tom Lin, Karen Swallow Prior, Soong-Chan Rah, Robert Chao Romero, Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Allen Yeh, and Mark S. Young

Still Evangelical?
  • Length: 222 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.5 × 8.25 in
  • Published: January 23, 2018
  • Imprint: IVP
  • Item Code: 4537
  • ISBN: 9780830845378

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  • 2018 Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Award Finalists -Religion

Evangelicalism in America has cracked, split on the shoals of the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath, leaving many wondering if they want to be in or out of the evangelical tribe. The contentiousness brought to the fore surrounds what it means to affirm and demonstrate evangelical Christian faith amidst the messy and polarized realities gripping our country and world. Who or what is defining the evangelical social and political vision? Is it the gospel or is it culture? For a movement that has been about the primacy of Christian faith, this is a crisis.

This collection of essays was gathered by Mark Labberton, president of Fuller Theological Seminary, who provides an introduction to the volume. What follows is a diverse and provocative set of perspectives and reflections from evangelical insiders who wrestle with their responses to the question of what it means to be evangelical in light of their convictions.

Contributors include:

  • Shane Claiborne, Red Letter Christians
  • Jim Daly, Focus on the Family
  • Mark Galli, Christianity Today
  • Lisa Sharon Harper,
  • Tom Lin, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship
  • Karen Swallow Prior, Liberty University
  • Soong-Chan Rah, North Park University
  • Robert Chao Romero, UCLA
  • Sandra Maria Van Opstal, Grace and Peace Community
  • Allen Yeh, Biola University
  • Mark Young, Denver Seminary

Referring to oneself as evangelical cannot be merely a congratulatory self-description. It must instead be a commitment and aspiration guided by the grace and mercy of Jesus Christ. What now are Christ's followers called to do in response to this identity crisis?

"Evangelical should mean Bible believing, gospel preaching, justice seeking, and Spirit filled. Instead it has become known more by its politics than by its commitment to the Word of God. This book puts the current evangelical identity crisis within a much needed historical perspective and provides a way forward to help us recover the good news of Jesus that our world desperately needs to hear."

Aaron Graham, lead pastor, The District Church, Washington, DC

"Still Evangelical? is an olive branch to its own, offering varied, grace-filled perspectives from insiders on the state of evangelical Christianity in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. . . . Still Evangelical? is a balanced conglomeration of voices that is more than mere damage control for the often-referenced image problem. The book's self-critical insights are directed inward to the members of the evangelical community left alienated by the current political climate surrounding the churches and the faith that they hold so dear."

Meagan Logsdon, Foreword, January/February 2018

"This exemplary compilation of essays brings together evangelical thought leaders and insiders to consider what it means to be evangelical in the era of President Donald Trump. . . . This thoughtful collection of insights from self-proclaimed evangelicals will appeal to those perplexed by evangelical support for Donald Trump."

Publishers Weekly

Read an Excerpt


Introduction: Still Evangelical? (Mark Labberton)
1. Will Evangelicalism Surrender? (Lisa Sharon Harper)
2. Why I Am an Evangelical (Karen Swallow Prior)
3. Recapturing Evangelical Identity and Mission (Mark Young)
4. Immigration and the Latina/o Community (Robert Chao Romero)
5. Evangelical Futures (Soong-Chan Rah)
6. Theology and Orthopraxis in Global Evangelicalism (Allen Yeh)
7. Remaining to Reform (Sandra Maria Van Opstal)
8. Looking for Unity in All the Wrong Places (Mark Galli)
9. Evangelicalism Must Be Born Again (Shane Claiborne)
10. The Importance of Listening in Today’s Evangelicalism (Jim Daly)
11. Hope for the Next Generation (Tom Lin)


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Mark Labberton

Mark Labberton is president of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. Prior to that Labberton served for a number of years as senior pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, California. He has also served as chair of John Stott Ministries. Today he continues to contribute to the mission of the global church as a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission. He is the author of Called, The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor and The Dangerous Act of Worship.