Ever Heard of Hal Lindsey?
Hal Lindsey was the "end times" guy back in my spiritual formation years.
If you haven't heard of him, maybe — for better or worse — you know his bestseller The Late Great Planet Earth.
Hal had lots of influence over me and millions of young people. Turns out he was wrong about most stuff. It took some of us 20 years to figure that out.
I’ve just been introduced to Matthew Sutton, a history professor at Washington State University, who’s been studying the historic connection between apocalyptic thinking and evangelical politics.
Turns out the connection goes back a lot farther than the 50 years I've been paying attention. Sutton has identified a pattern going back about 150 years.
Here's a short video about Matthew Sutton's research and teaching at Washington State University.
It was Todd Hunter who gave me the heads-up about Dr. Sutton's work after reading his new book "American Apocalypse: A History of Modern Evangelicalism"
This is serious work. As a casual student of history I've become aware that big ideas often take 150-250 years to catch on, and during that time, those ideas are subject to challenge, revision, even correction — meaning it's not too late for us to attempt an intervention in the way American Christians understand our responsibilities to each other, and to the world, before the play is over and the curtain drops.
Todd and Matthew have agreed to come to Seattle on April 6-7 to do a quick Hack The Ministry Pop-Up.
We'll start at 3p on Friday April 6th and end around noon on Saturday April 7th.
Tickets for the event are $49 solo ($40 for additional tickets) | $25 for students | $100 for student groups of five.
Can’t make it to the whole event? Get individual session tickets for $16.99 each.
— Jim Henderson