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First Person: A pastor reflects on how politics divide his congregation

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Hear our hour on the causes and consequences of evangelical fear here.


Scott Dudley is the lead pastor at Bellevue Presbyterian Church in Bellevue, Washington. It’s just outside of Seattle, but would he call his church an evangelical church?

PASTOR DUDLEY: That word evangelical has evolved and changed. We would be what evangelical used to be. Which is high-view of the authority of scripture, a belief in a personal relationship with Jesus that makes life, and should make our world better. So that’s what it used to mean. Now it means a lot of different things to a lot of different people, so I’m not sure what we would call ourselves.

MEGHNA CHAKRABARTI: We spoke with Pastor Dudley in an hour where we explored the fears of white evangelical protestants, and what those fears might culminate in. Pastor Dudley says many pastors that he knows are leaving their churches, and some are even leaving the ministry altogether.

And Dudley says he has a generally…

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