I am the very model of a modern evangelical.
With Apologies to Gilbert and Sullivan
I am the very model of a modern evangelical .
My beliefs and practices may look pretty fundamental
Our worship band is loud though their praise songs are unsingable
I love the word of God but my reading's just occasional
on a smartphone Bible app that my gran finds too technological
My sense of church belonging's increasingly ecumenical
I tend to charismatic and definitely not denominational
I like small groups and all things that simply are relational
My prayers are JUST – a tiny bit liturgical
Outreach to unbelievers is mostly ALPHAbetical
My doctrine of atonement is becoming controversial
and my social justice action's making me look rather radical
around food banks, refugees and the crisis environmental
though I don't need that with eschatology pre-millenial
but I often get confused now the world is multi-cultural
Our love's a hot potato when society's so sexual
though I hope Love wins and salvation's universal
though I fear that saying that will make me quite heretical
While the global church is growing at a speed that's just unmeasurable
and the minorities are bringing us fresh insights theological
while Americans are becoming idolatrously political
and embarrassing we Brits with their label "evangelical"
giving meanings to the E -word that sound like hypocritical
So maybe it is time to ditch the Bebbington quadrilateral
to seek to reinstate the GOOD news in our gospel.