How Should Churches and Leaders Be Preparing to Address The Big Issues Facing the Western Church?
From: The Redeemer City to City blog. This is part 2 in the series The Big Issues Facing the Western Church.
1. Local The church has to support culture-making. Most of the young evangelicals interested in Integrating Their faith with film-making, journalism, corporate finance, etc, are getting Their support and mentoring from the Informal networks or para-church groups. Michael Lindsay’s book Faith in the Halls of Power shows That many Christians in places of influence in the culture are alienated from the church, Because They get, at best, no church support for living Their faith out in the public spheres, and, at worst , opposition.
At the theological level, the church needs to gain more consensus on how the church and Christian faith relate to culture. There is still a lot of conflict Between Those Who want to disciple Christians for public life, and Those who think all “culture of engagement” Ultimately leads to compromise and distraction from the preaching of the gospel. What makes this Debate Both Sides Is that difficult make good points and have good arguments.
Read the rest at Redeemer City to City. Keller goes on to discuss how we also need:
- A renewal of apologetics
- A great variety of church models
- A far better theology of suffering
- A critical mass of churches in the biggest cities of the world
Church: Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City