So, just never mind evangelism then? Or is that incorporated by reference into the spitting and hunkering down?
One of the reasons I went to law school is that I came to realize that I was more of an evangelist than a pastor. I wanted to be more in the world than I was able to be as the pastor of a church. So I come at this from the evangelist’s perspective. During […]
the culture war is over, and we lost. Fearsome doesn’t seem to have made his peace with this yet. Jesse has, but has decided isolationism is the appropriate response. I’m agreeing that we lost the culture war, but suggesting there might be a way to maintain our convictions short of isolationism.
I don’t think those are the only two options. Why do you have to retreat into a Christian subculture to be defiant and counter-cultural? Why can’t you partner in service to the poor with people who disagree with you without taking orders from the liberal hegemons? A friend of mine wrote something on facebook that […]
Matthew, I’m not a prophet, nor the son of a prophet, and I used to work for a non-profit organization. But I would predict that the Wesleyans don’t all go to the same place. Some will stay and continue to be the conservative wing in the mainline, others will have had enough and join the […]
Haha. But I meant it as a serious question. You said you’d be surprised if there weren’t a split in 2016, so I was asking how you would decide which group to go with, the UMC that will be like the ELCA, or the NewMC that will be like NALC?
So, when they split, which way ya gonna go? ELCA or NALC?
Yep, good guess. Doesn’t it seem like the most unLutheran thing ever said? (Source: sermon on John 15:10. vol. 24 in the Pelikan edition of his Works)
Therefore it behooves everyone to search his heart and examine himself. Let no one bank on thoughts like these: “I am baptized and am called a Christian. I hear God’s Word and go to the Sacrament.”
When I was a pastor, the church budget showed that I had a ridiculously high housing allowance and that always raised eyebrows. But then we would explain that I only got to deduct what I actually spend on housing, or what the church budgeted for my housing, whichever was lower. So we budgeted a high […]