How will delegates to Synod 2019 theologically deliberate on overture #6?
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Behind the scenes of the more visible work of the church is the question, “How do we relate to the realities around us?” A related question is, "What difference does the timeless Gospel make in the time and place where we find ourselves?"
"Preach the Gospel at all times. Use words if necessary." This statement has been used as a good excuse not to use words in verbal witness. A closer look at the data, however, suggests that Paul and the apostles may have amended the phrase.
In an article in World Magazine, Scott Allen examines what he thinks is a repeat of the social gospel movement in the 1920s.
I recently attended a church service and one of its elements communicated the following message: “People all over the world are hungry to hear about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.” Is that statement true?
D.A. Carson responds to the fact that he had written what he called a "restrained critique" of the emerging church movement, and was chided with "white hot" indignation for not having approached the persons named in his critique privately as per the text.
A Bangladeshi once described one of his countrymen as "having his feet in two boats." This same picture could be applied to a person who tries to maintain an image of Biblical orthodoxy and who is thinking with a secular mindset at the same time, for example, Joshua, Elijah, Jesus, and James.
In his article "Through African Eyes", John Azumah relates how North American churches can embody cultural imperialism with a very paternalistic attitude to spiritually healthy, vibrant and doctrinally orthodox African churches.
Will Synod 2016 have the humility to recognize that the Global South, and not the minority North is becoming the center of influence of the Global Church?
Synod has mandated a study on the area of homosexuality for its 2016 assembly. One of the resources that it has engaged is the material from New Directions Ministry of Canada with Wendy Gritter as its executive director. This blog asks the question if New Directions actually represents all voices in the discussion.