Chaplain Mike over at Internet Monk has posted a reflection on interpreting Genesis. He talks about how he doesn’t quite fit in an evangelical box, and asks these questions:
* Where can a non-charismatic charismatic fit?
* Where does a person fit who thinks eschatology is a supremely important aspect of Christian theology, but who finds the “Left Behind” approach to be terrible Biblical interpretation?
* Where might someone fit who does not think Genesis was written to answer modern scientific questions, and who would like to teach the book according to its original meaning and intent?
He suggests that he fits in the post-evangelical wilderness.
I have had these exact same questions, with a few additions:
*Where can a female pastor, who is *mostly* conservative theologically, fit since the conservative churches say that women can’t be elders, but the mainline churches that affirm women in ministry tend to be too liberal theologically?
*Where might someone fit who loves the liturgy of the ancient church, the creeds and confessions, but also prefers good contemporary praise music (read: I like having an electric guitar and drums as part of the music)?
*Is there a way to plant a church that fits a post-evangelical without it being interpreted as “I don’t like this, so I’m going to go out on my own?” Is there a way to branch out, but still be in submission to a governing body of leadership (denomination or network)?