Are we revisiting this old argument? The Old School Presbyterians were Christians who held strongly to the idea that the church should not get involved in social matters. Their responsibility was the purity of the church and disciplining of members. The New School Presbyterians held to a more integrated understanding of the church and state and felt that involvement was key to the health of the church and an obligation of the people.The New School movement was one of the first groups to ban slave-owners to become members in the church.
Does this divide exist today within the church? There is such a strong movement among the young to get out there and serve.While at the same time there seems to be a movement in the heart of others to self preserve.
Everyone seems to be getting involved in some form of short term missions and I have to image this will lead to more missionaries. I think one of the reasons this field will see a revival is due to the internet. People can now stay in touch with their social network while still serving in remote parts of the world.
At the same time people want the church in America to avoid hot topic issues that seem to divide. The call is to keep the gospel in the center and not let much else into the discussion. I think that is what is so powerful about men like Tim Keller who won’t allow us to hide behind gospel centrality because he says to live a gospel centered life is to live out in our culture and enhance it from a gospel centered place.
Bishops air their opinions about economics; biologists, about metaphysics; inorganic chemists, about theology; the most irrelevant people are appointed to highly technical ministries; and plain, blunt men write to the papers to say that Epstein and Picasso do not know how to draw.
~ Dorthy Sayers
not sure how I got to be a pastor who would preach on a Sunday. it is a humbling thing to stand before men and women and openly preach what is on your heart and mind concerning the word of God. It is another thing to consider myself learned in such things as to promote myself to others and say I would like to do it for you.
the qualifications for being a pastor are completely laid out in scripture and then added to be cultural expectations (the two rarely seems to line up with one another.)
it appears true to me that people are often put in the wrong places, making the wrong decisions, and it is true that we might have more insight to make a difference. however, it seems to me that we are so much more than our decisions. it seems to me that preaching doesn’t happen on a sunday it really happens monday through saturday. it seems to me that nothing worthy can really come out of my mouth on sunday unless God has somehow moved me during the week. not only in my preparation, this is not a pithy quote on preparing your message,
what i mean to write if is if you don’t live life with passion and vigor and towards a specific end then really you have nothing to share beyond what someone else has shared. the writers in scripture were fully engaged with God. it was no mere coincidence they were chosen by the Holy Spirit to write the words of God. God had placed them in their specific pastoral moment.