I want to share a quote by Craig Adams mostly because, well, ‘my sentiments exactly.’ He’s a little more progressive than I in some ways (read: strong egalitarian), and I more than him in others (read: open theist). But I feel like we’ve journeyed down similar paths. His quote was found in a broader context of another article, and if you’re interested in that context, click here. Otherwise, here’s the quote:
“I am one of those people who is not willing to surrender the concept of “evangelical” to the political right wing, or to the inerrantists, or to the neo-Calvinists. I have a deep, abiding suspicion of the “liberal” (progressive?) Christian tradition — as something that never conveyed the Gospel of Christ to me, and is currently failing to do so (generally speaking) to the new generations that arise. To be evangelical is to love the Gospel and to desire to spread the message. It is to love the Bible and it’s teaching — not to be spreading misinformation about it. To be Wesleyan is to believe that that faith in Christ can both change a person’s life and positively impact the society around us — it’s a Kingdom message. I figure I’m a Metho-Pente-Ortho-Evanglical with a love for the theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg. Yes, I know there’s no going back. But, the holiness and Pentecostal folks that first preached the Gospel to me and modeled the Christian life for me set me on a road that I have been following ever since. If that has set me off from the typical contemporary evangelical, so be it. But, I’m still following, taking my cues from the folks who were initially faithful enough to share the Gospel with me. I want to share it with others. And, that’s “evangelical” in my book — whatever other people may think!” (Here)
I’ve never read anything by Pannenberg, but I could have written everything else in that quote myself, though it would be impoverished of some of it’s elegance.