We Evangelicals can learn a lot about ourselves by observing those around us. This is not to say that we simply look at what others are doing and replicate their behavior; but instead, we aught to examine others and evaluate strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in what we see. We should be able to look with a critical eye for the positives and negatives and what the outcomes of a particular behavior or belief may be if carried out to its logical conclusion. And of course we must be able to stand any believe or practice against biblical teaching. Then, once we have engaged in this examination, we should be able to apply our findings to ourselves. How do we stack up against the same critical evaluation?
The advantage of starting our observation with others and then bringing ourselves under the same microscope is that this methodology allows us to determine what the standards should be without tainting our study with our own biases and desired outcomes. Of course we will still have biases and preconceived ideas, but they are often easier to identify when they are not as close to home.
Jared Jenkins (www.EntrustedWithTheGospel.com) has engaged in just such a study, posted under the topical title, "What Evangelicals Can Learn From Mormons." I highly recommend you have a look. In addition to Jared's written examination, we have recorded a Salty Believer Unscripted series that runs parallel to his posts, for the most part. I would like to invite you to join us in an unscripted conversation about what Evangelicals Can Learn From Mormons. And based on the opening paragraphs of this post, it may not be what you think.
What Evangelicals Can Learn From MormonsIf you are LDS and feel we have misrepresented your beliefs or practice, we highly encourage you to contact us and let us know. We are happy to chat with you and would like to be as fair as we are able. You can contact me here.
-- What Evangelicals Can Learn From Mormons: Introduction audio
-- What Evangelicals Can Learn From Mormons: Weakness audio
-- What Evangelicals Can Learn From Mormons: Family audio
-- What Evangelicals Can Learn From Mormons: Missions (Part 1) audio
-- What Evangelicals Can Learn From Mormons: Missions (Part 2) audio
-- What Evangelicals Can Learn From Mormons: The Franchise audio
-- What Evangelicals Can Learn From Mormons: Moralism audio
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