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Millennial writing about parts of my life that collide: faith, governance, culture, and radical empathy.

It’s a lot more complicated than it should be.

Over the past few years, I’ve heard more stories of faith deconstruction, abuse, and pain coming out of the Church than at any other point in my life. The common denominator in these stories is the presence of white evangelical theology and culture.

And there are so many stories. Stories of people realizing that the cultural beliefs they accepted as “Gospel-truths” aren’t actually grounded in Scripture. Stories of Christians coming to terms with the fact that their church is really just a social club rooted in white identity politics. …

A conversation with Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Why does white evangelicalism often feel so controlling, hypocritical, and resistant to change? Why is there so much abuse in white evangelical churches? And how did the people of “family values” fall in line behind Donald Trump in such large numbers?

These are questions answered in Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Dr. Kristin Kobes Du Mez, Professor of History and Gender Studies at Calvin University.

Her deeply researched history book pushes beyond facile headlines to discover why white evangelicalism isn’t as pure as many of its adherents believe. Historical analysis…

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After a few dozen requests to start a podcast or become a co-host, I’ve finally caved…sort of.

I’m a writer at heart and don’t see that changing. It’s one of the reasons I love the Medium community. There are so many other writers here who are simply a joy. Sharing our thoughts with each other about hard issues is wonderful. And the back-end stuff that makes Medium tick spreads my work beyond the platform.

But written words aren’t always enough. Some of the things I write about deserve an extra conversation, preferably with someone smarter than me. My new podcast…

Truth found in history can set us free

Like many Americans on January 6, I was watching on my phone as swarms of Trump supporters, far-right militiamen, and white evangelical nationalists stormed the U.S. Capitol. The horrifying, crowning moment came when one of the most white evangelical prayers I’ve ever heard was proclaimed by a group of insurrectionists in the overrun Senate chamber.

As someone who has been inside of various expressions of evangelicalism for most of my life, more and more people came to me in the months before the insurrection wanting to know why so many white evangelicals had seemingly lost their minds. (Full disclosure, I’m…

Cultural idolatry and power are more important than Jesus.

If you gave a passing glance at the upper echelons of American evangelicalism this week, you probably noticed that the white evangelical elite are up in arms about women having a voice…again.

There’s a good chance you rolled your eyes and moved on with your life. I mean, why not? This regularly happens and follows a near-identical pattern each time:

  1. A church ordains a female pastor or allows a woman to speak on a stage.
  2. Well-known white evangelical men descend on the situation like vultures, eager to destroy unity and prove themselves in what they believe is a cataclysmic battle…

Nonprofit executive director. Husband and father. Unashamed millennial.

Hello world!

My name is Mark Hackett. I’m 33 years old and was born and raised in Memphis, TN. I still call this city home. It’s my favorite place in the world.

My Work

I‘m the founder and executive director of Operation Broken Silence, a niche nonprofit organization that is building a global movement to empower the Sudanese people through innovative programs.

We support Sudanese-led education and healthcare programs in the southern Nuba Mountains region of the country and in nearby refugee communities. These are some of the most remote and hardest to reach places on the planet. …

meet us where we are, not where you think we should be

As a millennial nonprofit leader, I’m constantly around Christians of every stripe and generation. The past few years especially have been an interesting time to see the widening gap between age groups. The most noticeable division is older folks making cultural assumptions about why millennials leave their church instead of talking to them to discover why.

One of the most alarming trends in the American Church today is the rate at which young people are leaving. …

The good news is that there are resources to help you confront and heal.

“I can’t believe you call yourself a Christian when you support people who sacrifice children. You’re an idiot.”

It was mid-October 2020. Voting was well underway. Like many Christians who refused to commit idolatry to Donald Trump, every day I was waking up to more and more disturbing messages like this one from fellow believers, including from my own church.

At first, I assumed this was about abortion. It’s a hot-button topic that brings forward a lot of anger in Evangelical circles especially. Sadly, that anger often pushes some Christians over the line into disrespect and verbal abuse. …

an open response to “Is Your Church or Denomination Dying?”

The past several days, I’ve seen the blogpost Is Your Church or Denomination Drifting? pop into my feeds. I finally caved and gave it a read this weekend.

I found the piece to be concerning. Not because its author Trevin Wax correctly points to the realities of decreasing church attendance and American Individualism poisoning the Church, but because the reasons why that he presents are not the full picture. I’d argue that they’re not even a majority of the picture.

Before getting to my concerns, I encourage you to read Wax’s short piece over at The Gospel Coalition:

Now, I…

Evangelicals often treat deconstruction as a crime. That’s both wrong and unhelpful.

Roughly one year ago, I entered my third faith deconstruction in just under a decade. It was my longest and most painful one to date, clocking in at seven months and ending with me coming to terms with some harsh, disappointing truths about the state of the American Church.

Each one of my deconstructions was triggered by gaping disparities between the life of Jesus and personal experiences in the Church. What made this one different was the nature of 2020, which kept bringing worsening disparities in rapid-fire succession.

I certainly haven’t been alone in my generation. I know more Millennials…

Mark Hackett

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