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Andy Rowell
Minnneapolis, MN
Assistant Professor of Ministry Leadership at Bethel Seminary (Saint Paul, Minnesota)
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Ten of Trump's evangelical supporters have promoted Paula White-Cain's new book. Here they are: Jerry Falwell Jr., Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, Jack Graham, Malachi O'Brien, Tim Clinton, Ralph Reed, Greg Laurie, Jentezen Franklin, and Johnnie Moore (who was and seems... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Andy Rowell
The DeVos family made it publicly known this week that they will use their money to continue to protect Donald Trump. Their spokesperson made it clear that they are withdrawing future financial support from Justin Amash who became the first... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Andy Rowell
The below blog post was initially a response to Franklin Graham on Sunday, May 26, 2019 calling for special prayer for President Trump on Sunday, June 2, 2019. I was trying to provide resources for evangelical pastors as they considered... Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2019 at Andy Rowell
Updates: ______________ September 21, 2018. Every day: "Franklin Graham, Robert Jeffress, Ralph Reed, Eric Metaxas, James Dobson, Jack Graham, and Jerry Falwell Jr. still willing to publicly praise the latest questionable action by Trump 'because evangelicals are pro-life.'" And all real leaders of evangelicals cringe. ________________ December 14, 2018. From recent Twitter by Jerry Falwell Jr., Franklin Graham, Eric Metaxas, Jack Graham, and Robert Jeffress, I learned criticism of Trump not saying the Apostles' Creed was unfair, he had Franklin and Jeffress at Christmas reception, and some from left can be kooky, so Trump is 👍. The rationale for their continued support of Trump is that the ends (of impeding GLBTQ influence, Islamic extremism, identity politics, abortion; and preserving 1950's Christian privileges) justify the (immoral, crude, vicious, and lying) means. However, (1) the immoral means should be denounced by those who follow Jesus. (2) The ends also may not be in keeping with the ends of Jesus. Compare: caring for the vulnerable. (3) It may be that Trump is not furthering the good ends but rather enriching himself and bungling. ________________ January 15 comment on above tweets: Those interested in researching this topic are welcome to look at the Twitter accounts of those Trump supporters and Trump's behavior during that time that prompted my comments. I typically do not hate tweet (that is retweet with a comment) the outlandish statements of Trump supporters because I do not want to give them more publicity. I do not follow those figures on Twitter because I do not think they are edifying but I will go look at their tweets from time to time if others comment about them. I do tweet from time to time to attempt to articulate what seems to me to be a consensus of disapproval of Trump among educated evangelicals. ___________________ January 13, 2019 Thread. Should one follow the Trump - Russia story? Is it important to have a grasp of the facts (to not be duped by either side) so as to be an influence for what is right and true in our spheres of influence? Are those under our influence in a position to affect the outcome? It seems to me those of us with some influence in evangelical Christian circles need to be (at a minimum) continuing to emphasize deceitfulness, lying, and schemes to get rich, as antithetical to Christian practice. It seems to me Christians are responsible to speak out about Trump in their area of expertise. "With regard to what I know (business / foreign relations / law / leadership / Christian behavior/ history / military / psychology), his behavior is unusually aberrant and concerning." The Trump presidency will end with a decision by the American people regarding impeachment or reelection. It is a failure of courage and of integrity to not speak out (judiciously) about one's concerns. This cumulative speaking out will influence the outcome. American white evangelical pastors typically do not speak out in the pulpit or on social media on political issues or about political figures. There is a tradition of apolitical culture of sticking to the Bible and biblical principles. There is some wisdom there. But there still should be from white evangelical pastors fiery sermons from the biblical text about the destruction and cruelty caused by lying, deceit, and greed by the powerful, and how Christians are to stand up for the truth and for the vulnerable. For me as a tenured professor of Christian leadership, this means saying that it is neither conservative nor liberal to say that President Trump diverges from the history of good presidential leadership and his behavior and speech is often antithetical to what Jesus is about. "Speaking out" by Christians should be done winsomely and judiciously with whatever means they use best: one-on-one conversations, Instagram, Facebook, academic articles, newsletters, lectures, songs, art, poetry, and conversations over meals. We also continue to need to have institutions speak up with released statements regarding Christian principles that relate to current events. And organizations should continue to hold forums (oral and written) that invite dialogue about a Christian response to current events. All of this speaking out and public dialogue might move the needle from too many white evangelical Christians naively receiving their perspective on current events from Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs, to at least hearing people like Michael Gerson, David Brooks, and Jon Meachem. There has been almost unanimous concern about Trump's immorality and incompetence in my educated white evangelical circles since the 2015 primaries. And yet polling shows that white evangelicals continue to be the core of Trump's base. That disconnect motivates this thread. __________________ January 13, 2019 comment Many of us are trying to persuade our fellow white evangelicals. As there is a chasm between the Republican establishment (Senators, etc.) and Trump rally-goers, so there is between the professors and leaders of evangelical institutions and Trump supporters. Our tragic failure.
Research 1. Family Link from Google just added supervision of teens on Android in September. 2. Apple also has parental controls. 3. Qustodio is highly rated: 4. Circle recommended: Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2018 at Andy Rowell
Here is a musing note I wrote to students after grading some worship assignments. I continue to reflect on how to make worship less boring. Perhaps it is not boring to you! Great! I just think of atheists who say:... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Andy Rowell
On hearing of Eugene Peterson beginning hospice care: Eugene Peterson inspired me to want to pastor by his emphasis on immersion in Scripture and his encouragement to pastors to subtly resist consumerist pressuring by congregation members. October 15, 2018 Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2018 at Andy Rowell
A key question churches struggle with is what missional outreach looks like in their local area. Many Christians feel their church is not doing "evangelism" OR "social justice" well. I think that there needs to be local analysis. Is violence,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2018 at Andy Rowell
Sorry, I don't know it. This page is getting outdated.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2018 on Textbooks and Grammars at Theological German
If you are a pastor or seminary student getting started on Twitter, here is a list of people that I suggest you consider following: Below is my Bethel Seminary Fall 2018 Leadership Communication in Global Perspective assignment. Trying out... Continue reading
Posted Oct 5, 2018 at Andy Rowell
A key emphasis in the leadership and management literature is planning and preparation. Sometimes Christians worry about such "business practices." Why not just trust God? Why not just operate in the world in a childlike fashion? Indeed, Jesus says we... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2018 at Andy Rowell
Thanks. I added Melania. She was definitely there. Thanks.
The phenomenon of a couple of pastors publicly defending Trump It is surprising that Jack Graham and Robert Jeffress have been the main spokespeople and defenders of this event between "evangelical leaders" and Trump at the White House that I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2018 at Andy Rowell
You are right. Moore and Rodriguez are part of the NAE board. I'm saying that NAE better represents the concerns of evangelicals than this group who apparently just appreciated Trump.
The first part of this post is a roundup of information including a partial list of which "evangelical leaders" attended a meeting with Trump at the White House, and the second part of this post is a theological reflection on... Continue reading
Posted Aug 28, 2018 at Andy Rowell
For background on this topic, see the post I have kept updated through Sept 18, 2018 with all of the developments on this story: List of articles from allegations to resignation of Bill Hybels and its aftermath ___________________________ Update: 7:15... Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2018 at Andy Rowell
I put some parenting posts on my other parenting blog. Helping your kids make friends Having stacks of books around Audiobooks for 8-year-old girl 97% of boys say they play video games in some form or fashion. "they’re working with... Continue reading
Posted Jul 30, 2018 at Andy Rowell
It is not Republican or Democratic, it is not conservative or liberal, it is not political, and it should not be controversial to say that Trump is the most dishonest and incompetent president in the history of the United States.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Andy Rowell
"Learning to take the heat and receive people's anger in a way that does not undermine your initiative is one of the toughest tasks of leadership. When you ask people to make changes and sacrifices, it's almost inevitable that you... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2018 at Andy Rowell
See the post that lists all the developments in the Bill Hybels situation that has been updated through September 18, 2018. List of articles from allegations to resignation of Bill Hybels and its aftermath __________________ Dear Tom De Vries and... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2018 at Andy Rowell
See the post that lists all the developments in the Bill Hybels situation that has been updated through September 18, 2018. List of articles from allegations to resignation of Bill Hybels and its aftermath Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Andy Rowell
See the post that lists all the developments in the Bill Hybels situation that has been updated through July 24, 2019. List of articles from allegations to resignation of Bill Hybels and its aftermath Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2018 at Andy Rowell
A friend asked for books I have enjoyed. I think he specifically said he likes biography and history. Here is the list I gave him in March 2018. Biography and Historical: Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2018 at Andy Rowell
Book review of A Higher Loyalty by James Comey I recommend A Higher Loyalty by James @Comey. The first half is riveting stories of darkness: home invasion, regret, Mafia, death of a child. The second half is a recounting of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2018 at Andy Rowell
In order to help people who missed this story, here are what I thought were the key articles that came out from the allegations against Bill Hybels on March 22nd to his resignation ("early retirement") from Willow Creek Community Church... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2018 at Andy Rowell