Mark Galli is a Christian author, former Presbyterian minister and managing editor at Christianity Today. He holds there a biweekly online column called SoulWork. His latest book is titled Jesus Mean and Wild: The Unexpected Love of an Untamable God.
Marks writing is crisp and often surprising. He always has an edge, like any good prophet.
About a week ago I was sending my colleagues in World Vision his article ‘Point of Crisis, Point of Grace‘, on the topic of transformation, that is essential for the core thinking of our organisation.
Today I have sent them a new text of Mark on the same general topic. It is called ‘Are We Transformed Yet?’ and it deals with the narcissistic tendency of many Evangelicals to analyse and admire their own (often illusionary) spiritual transformation.
Here is just a fragment, to wet you appetite:
There is one paragraph I find in many, many books that cross my desk. Let me save writers and publishers the trouble of crafting and editing that paragraph, and offer boilerplate copy they can adapt:
When it comes to transformed lives, evangelicals are no different than the surrounding culture. [Insert stat about divorce rates or other stat here]. As [insert name here] says, “[Insert quote from well-known conservative culture critic here].” It’s time we started living the faith we profess, walking the talk, [insert another cliché here]. If we aren’t transformed, how will we ever transform the world? And the reason we’re not transformed is because [insert theme of this book here].