Love it and never shut up.

My column on the subject at Catapult Magazine, including some discussion about our recent screening of Saved! at Calvin. This article explains in more detail what I mean by "evangelical expatriate" (for instance, I'm not a fundamentalist living in Siberia), and also marks the creation of this blog.

(You can watch the PowerPoint presentation we showed before the film here. I know, PowerPoint, right? Bane of my existence. But it's a good way to get conversations going.)

And by the way, each and every one of you should add Catapult/*culture is not optional to your weekly reads--the people responsible for it are marvelous doers of expatriate deeds.


At 11/19/2004 6:36 PM, Blogger James said...

Nice column.

I'm still trying to work out my relationship with all of this. Not having grown up in american evangelicaldom it's fairly easy for me to sit back and watch 'Saved!' without flinching. But I'm wondering whether if I watched it with a different set of glasses I'd realise I have more to flinch at than I thought.

Unlike many of my fellow British Christians I recognised a fair bit of Saved (and knowing some of the musicians featured may have been the gateway to that). My mid-teens were spent battling evangelicals over CCM on email fora, I hope I didn't damage too many people. I think those debates probably killed off my last vestiges of evangelical identity.

I guess I'm wondering if I can be counted as an expat? I was a British evangelical and there's a family-resemblance there. These days my relationship with evangelicalism is probably more voyeuristic than anything else.

At 11/23/2004 12:32 PM, Blogger kate said...

Not that there was ever any doubt, but especially given our conversation at the coffee shop this morning, you most CERTAINLY count as an expat, James. It's a broad category to begin with, but your unique perspective--particularly your original geographic dislocation from American fundagelicalism--makes for some really interesting commentary on its phenomenons. Plus, your letter to Michael W. Smith is an automatic in. :)

At 11/24/2004 4:49 PM, Blogger James said...

I knew _something_ good had to come from MWS' cold calling :)

Still hoping for a reply. Maybe I could go and demand one when he's in Grand Rapids next month?

At 11/27/2004 11:41 AM, Blogger David Wiens said...

Liked the article; love the 'evangelical expatriate' concept. Captures some deep-rooted tension felt by many. It's always good to see this community grow; maybe if we make enough noise, something will change. (My optimistic side says this is possible, but my cynical side is currently overwhelming my optimistic side.) Cheers.

At 11/30/2004 11:50 AM, Blogger wooten said...

Nice work Kate. I too like the expat idea. On good days I identify as one...on normal days, even expat seems overly friendly. About 3 years ago I stepped out of Christian circles. More and more I have a hard time caring about the conversations. It seems too heady. At times at Calvin it felt like that too. Reformed intellectual imperialism. (i wish these damn blog places had spell check...) anyway, where were we...

I felt that a bit when I heard Calvin students asking David Bazan questions at a resent show. It reminded me of how lonely it gets trying to answer all the questions. I think that I want to feel more and think less. Don't get me wrong, I like thinking. I'm just so fucking dishonest when I talk about it. Maybe its why I like the mother church more and more. Give me the body and blood, let it come to life on my insides. Less talk more feeling. Less sermons more sacraments.


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