Stop with the Antagonizing – An Interview with David Fitch

What if the culture wars merely masked our inherent tendency toward antagonizing others, specifically those with whom we disagree? How might this reveal that we are merely advocating for ourselves rather than showing up faithful to the Way of Christ in the world?

Last November I read a post by David Fitch, The Pastor-Theologian: A Different Light. Afterwards I knew how I wanted to narrow my podcast to a particular theme. Now you know from where, in part, came the idea of /patheological/: A Podcast for the Pastor-Theologian.

Today on the podcast David riffs on that piece and more. I ask David to help us think through the way our antagonizing of the other, what he calls ideological antagonisms, actually minimize the work of the Church in the world. David describes the world as having experienced seismic shifts, most notably away from an era where Christianity represented the dominant culture.

Here is a recent article where David uses his understanding to suggest a way forward for Christians in light of the current election cycle.

Here are a few recommendations for working through what David describes:

The End of Evangelicalism? Discerning a New Faithfulness for Mission: Towards an Evangelical Political Theology

The Great Giveaway: Reclaiming the Mission of the Church from Big Business, Parachurch Organizations, Psychotherapy, Consumer Capitalism, and Other Modern Maladies

Theology on Mission Podcast

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Husband to Patty. Daddy to Kimberly and Tommie. Grandpa Doc to Cohen, Max, Fox, and Marlee. Pastor to Snow Hill Baptist Church. Graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Reading. Photography. Golf. Colorado. Jeeping. Friend. The views and opinions expressed here are my own and should not be construed as representing the corporate views of the church I pastor.

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