Just this past week Diane and I recorded a brief video where we look back at how we have been continually challenged to keep growing and digging into the Word. This has been challenged and fueled as we have attempted to disciple our own children and now an entire college student body. There has never been a time that we have more fully realized that we ourselves are still in the process of being conformed to the image of His Son. I guess that reinforces the idea that the best teaching comes from the overflow of what God is doing in your life.
It has been my growing concern that many of our churches have created a sub-culture that is not built on the Word but on a comfortable lifestyle of yesteryear. Often it is simply a conservative pragmatism that gives a false sense of separation and safety from “the world”. In reality it is nothing more than a pop culture taken from a different decade. The past culture is no more spiritual than today’s culture—only irrelevant. Orthodox churches are losing relevance and don’t even realize it. They are also losing the ability to be salt and light. And what troubles me most is that we are losing the next generation and then turning around and blaming the young people for abandoning their parent’s faith. It is not the faith they are abandoning. Forms, traditions, and methods maybe, but not the faith—in fact I think they are more in tune with theology and what the Bible says.
Walking into many church buildings is like stepping back in time – it is an entry to another world. When children grow up in this environment they really struggle with communicating the gospel with the 21st century life. The separation they are taught is not biblical or theological separation, it is sectarian isolationism and it is crippling great commission work. My prayer is that we return to a biblical example of reaching this world the way Christ and the early church did – in the world but not of the world, current with our culture but not contaminated by it. Fruit is what God wants, it is what glorifies Him, it is what proves us to be disciples, and it is what brings joy into the church. It is possible to be both biblical and relevant. Let’s be salt and light in 2012!
This is a powerful story of a guy ministering on the west side of Chicago. The video has sort of been making the rounds and has been posted in a few places. The guy in the video, Brian Dye, sounds like what we want our graduates to sound like. “Life on life” sounds a lot like “life touching life.”
I came across this video yesterday in my blog reader and thought it was excellent and worth passing on. Dr. R.C. Sproul explains God’s “being” and how an understanding of this truth can be used powerfully in apologetics.
This year was the first year I had the opportunity to go to Together for the Gospel. In previous years our Missions Conference on campus has conflicted with the conference, however, this year everything lined up well for me and many others from Northland to attend.
One of the take-aways, and the preaching highlight from the conference, was David Platt’s message from Revelation 5 called “Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions.” More