If you are roughly 40 years of age or older then in your lifetime you have been a witness to a massive sea change in our culture. Our culture, once awash in the stories, songs and symbols of the Christian narrative, has now changed so greatly that segments of our society don’t even know a Christian personally. With this sea change has come a loss of cultural prestige, privilege and position for pastors and churches, and much of conservative Evangelicalism has responded to this change through what is known as the Culture Wars. The Culture Wars are merely the attempt to preserve Christendom’s former place in American culture, mostly through the use of political power, but the Culture Wars are much like giving CPR to a week old corpse. So, rather than fighting this turn in our culture, is there an opportunity for the Church to be the Church again? A book titled Prodigal Christianity, by David Fitch and Geoff Holsclaw, examines this question and our new opportunity.
I wrote this paper for my spring class at TEDS for the Systematic Theology II course which focuses on the issues of anthropology, sin, Christ and soteriology. I utilized several ideas put forth by Scot McKnight, David Fitch and Kevin Vanhoozer in formulating and arguing my thesis, namely that Evangelicals have politicized atonement theology much to our detriment.
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Πείθεσθε τοῖς ἡγουμένοις ὑμῶν καὶ ὑπείκετε
Amos, my friend, you write: I think the word “Leadership” is NOT “Biblical.”
It is true that much of the “Church” has fallen under forms of “Leadership” that are NOT “Biblical.” However, the word “Leadership” is a “Biblical” term and concept.
The question at hand should be:
In an attempt to leave HCA parents and students with the impression that the McCaulley’s left HCA/HBC without any significant grievances, Marc Abbatacola, the Executive Director of Harvest Christian Academy (HCA), finally released a letter today regarding Amy McCaulley’s resignation. So one of two things must be true. This letter is either grossly inaccurate or it is a fabrication crafted to protect the image of both the school and the church.
Earlier this evening, The Elephant’s Debt posted an article detailing the resignation of three Harvest Bible Chapel elders. Read more by clicking here.
In the heat of the summer, news came to the ears of a most senior spiritual leader, a man beloved by many because he brought the true and right interpretation of the Word. Over his many years of service, countless thousands – nay millions – had looked to him for a trusted word, a guiding touch, a reminder of what lay ahead for the faithful. The news troubled this man, for it was news that all was not well within his church, news that one of his most trusted leaders had betrayed his calling. Accusations of financial impropriety, sexual immorality, and doctrinal deviance were now being leveled against this leader and his most senior and trusted counsel. Read the rest of this entry »