Thursday, October 12, 2017

Wanted: New Church Methods


CONFESSING GOD
The Cynic's Guide to Sin
We're not surprised when people fail us. But should we be?
Derek Rishmawy
It's important to maintain a healthy realism about humanity's moral potential. As Dorothy Sayers pointed out after World War II in Creed or Chaos?, "The people who are most discouraged are those who cling to an optimistic belief in the civilizing influence of progress and enlightenment." The brutality of the war, she said, was "the utter negation of everything they believed." Still, much of the news in 2017 has threatened to push my realism in the direction of cynicism. Everywhere I look, I find myself tempted to offer the most cynical take on my neighbors. Their votes? Myopic self-preservation. Their social media posts? Virtue-signaling. Their silence? Cowardice. continue reading >>


News
Pew: US Followed Global Trend on Refugees Until Now
Meanwhile, more Christians than Muslims find refuge in America each year.
 
Women
Why Female Theologians Take Flak in the Public Square
The potential rewards of celebrity culture are many, but so are the risks.
 
Theology
A Roman Catholic Appreciation of Justification by Faith
Both traditions can appreciate Luther's famous dictum as a recovery, not a discovery.
 
The Exchange
One-on-One with David Dockery on the Reforming Catholic Confession that Celebrates the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation
Faithful Protestants continue to share many basic Christian beliefs in spite of our very real denominational differences.
 
Pivot
Wanted: New Church Methods for New Church People
Changing the world with the Gospel of Jesus is less likely to happen using traditional methods with every passing year.

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