Social Justice and Justice

The Ezra Institute for Contemporary Christianity is an apologetics ministry offering cultural critique. From time to time, the institute offers lectures and special seminars. One such lecture last Spring was on Social Justice. Scott Masson presents a History of Social Justice.

I highly recommend this video, even if only for the audio. This is the message that needs desperately to be heard by the church.

People Are Changing Churches. Should I?

I recently reposted an article by David Fitch on church cannibalism, that is, how churches often grow at the expense of others. That article may be found here.

Before you think moving on is a good idea, have a look at this by Thom Rainer. One of the problems in transfer growth (church growth by the movement of Christians from one church to another) is that it is often for less-than-good reasons. Before leaving, ask yourself, “Am I seeking to serve or to be served? Do I need more recognition for my service? Am I leaving because the doctrine is sub-Biblical, or because the music is better, or because the experience is just so . . . uplifting?”

Preachers and church leaders, “Am I asking the right questions of those moving to my church?” Are people coming to your church simply because you offer more programs? Have you ever asked Christians to return to their congregation to be effective servants there? Have you ever actively recruited members (or even ministry leaders) from other congregations? Have you calculated the impact of that action upon the church that loses those workers? Have you sought to replace them?

Just some questions.

 

How Churches Became Cruise Ships

Passengers no longer board a ship to get from one port to another–that form of transportation has been eclipsed by air travel. But millions do board ships every year as a destination, a vacation at sea, and return to the same port from which they began. In a series of well written posts, Skye Jethani chronicles the rise of the megachurch and its implications for the faith.

“The church-as-destination model hasn’t advanced the church in America, it has consolidated it.Comparing changes in passenger shipping, to church growth.”

There is no neutrality in technology, or method. Every decision we make to do one thing results in a decision not to do another. When Christians embrace a new model of ministry, it is the unintended consequences that are often overlooked.

Read part 1 here.

Part 2 here.

Part 3 here.

Unintended(?) Consequences

I often marvel at the speed at which some in the Evangelical community have abandoned Biblical teaching on marriage, family, and sexuality. Some are stumbling all over themselves to appear to be on the “right side of history,” wherever that side might be, fluid as it is, and are the early adapters of all things not-chaste. In their haste to appear non-judgmental (which, of course, simply shifts the object of their judgment from one set of principles to another), the consequences of bad theology are ignored. This, coupled with bad public policy, places the ever-current Evangelical in stranger and more remote places; strange enough and remote enough that it is fair to ask if they have left altogether.

Stella Morabito of The Federalist lists six reasons that point to a whopper of an unintended consequence. My point in posting this is to ask those who consider themselves Evangelical Christians, is this what you want?