Revangelical: Proclaiming the Good News after Deconstruction


In this Sunday’s message (Sept. 17, 2023), Brother Dave kicks off a new series, Revangelical: Proclaiming the Good News after Deconstruction. In this “ask me anything” series, we are discussing questions congregants submit about the faith. This week’s questions were “Why is it so difficult not to toss out the baby with the bathwater when it comes to the deconstruction of an evangelical upbringing or faith?” and “What are some suggestions on how to improve the process of discernment and move forward minus the feelings of guilt or hypocrisy that often come regardless of the ultimate decision?” Drawing from passages from New Testament letters, Brother Dave shows how Scripture, reason (or conscience), tradition (or community), and experience (or Spirit) are all necessary components for theological knowledge. He concludes with a case study from Acts 15 in which the Jerusalem Council draws from these sources of knowledge to address a new question for their budding faith community: the inclusion of gentiles.


Two factual corrections: Brother Dave describes the theologian Karl Barth as a “German theologian.” Barth was a Swiss theologian who studied and taught in Germany. He also mentions the “Schrödinger principle” when he means “Godwin’s law”—namely, the “internet adage asserting that as an online discussion grows longer (regardless of topic or scope), the probability of a comparison to Nazis or Adolf Hitler approaches  1” (Wikipedia).

Note: All Scripture quotations are adapted from the New Living Translation.

Brother Dave