John Allen Chau and misplaced evangelical zeal

Excellent article! Is the Gospel offensive because of who it excludes or because of who it includes? I believe it is the later.

Sarahbeth Caplin


I was sitting in a coffee shop a few months ago, working on a book review for a company I was freelancing for at the time. The book was about whether or not the Apostle Paul was bigoted, misogynistic, and homophobic, given what he wrote about slaves, women, and other groups.

The book was lying face-up next to me on the table, attracting the attention of a man near me. He looked about my age, maybe slightly older (I’m horrible at guessing people’s ages). He asked if he could take the seat across from me to ask me about the book, because it looked interesting. I explained that I agreed with the authors on some things, and disagreed with them on others (par for the course with me when it comes to theology books!).

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One thought on “John Allen Chau and misplaced evangelical zeal

  1. Well done, with kindness and understanding. Very timely. I had a similar post I was working on and now I’m gonna finish and post. Such a painful story for those of us who grew up in conservative Christianity. Thanks.


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