People are frustrate with the church because of the corruption that has occurred over time and its inauthenticity at times. To some it appears that the church is more concerned with appearances then actually fulfilling the work of God. This generation needs church leaders that embrace the historical roots of Christianity. And someone who isn’t afraid to be teach the raw and passionate message that is the gospel. Getting at the core of what it truly means to be a
Hunter abruptly reveals the flaws in this phase by simply inferring that the world cannot be changed nor should be changed. There is no doubt that phase such as “world changer” or “transforming tomorrow today” are catchy and inspiring, but as Hunter reveals many Christians do not understand the philosophical and practical applications of these phrase. This transformationlist way of viewing vocation can be very detrimental to society as well as the church. As Hunter engages in this conversation be he induces some thought provoking arguments that I believe all Christians should be aware of. In this book Hunter provides historical investigations that bring fourth both sociological and theological consideration of the implication of world changing.
As I reflect, I really wished that before I started ministry, I would have had this resource available. It would have helped me earlier to form a broader context in ministry. However, I applaud this book. This book has been a wonderful refresher of why we as Christians should always continue to push for diversity in fellowship. Is the church worse or better because our congregations are not multiracial?
Has there been an event since the Reformation that would rise to the level of a Second Reformation? Could any event ever rival the salvific implications of the Reformation? And what criteria could one ascertain from the Reformation and could these same criteria be applied to a Second Reformation? These are the questions that beg to be answered. A large majority of Christians would tell you that the Reformation was one of the major events to occur in shaping our belief system as Protestants.
By encouraging changes in practices that were established with a Biblical mindset, America has begun to subtly alienate the Christian. Although America is still a land where individuals are free to practice their faith freely, it is becoming harder to display... ... middle of paper ... ...opinions. Without respect, intolerance will continue to exist. If we do not respect each other, we cannot hope to work together to build a pluralistic society. Continued intolerance will only result in people changing their beliefs and values in order to be accepted, much like how Christians have begun to change their faith and beliefs.
However, they follow many biblical principles such as the Trinity, the deity of Christ and the Holy Spirit, and salvation by grace. Although they do have deviations from mainstream Christianity, it can just be seen as a denominational split. Also, since Kip McKean resigned in 2002, the church has been taking many steps to reconstruct the churches reputation by lessening the degree of the discipleship as well as reconstructing the overall structure of the church. Therefore, by CARM standards, the religious group is not a cult, but a more radical Christian religion (CARM). However, the extremism it takes does not deny any question of abnormality and the ultimate decision is up to yourself.
Even though we may not consider the doctrine of the Trinity to be the most controversial topic today, this is not because that doctrine is no longer important, on the contrary, it is no longer controversial, and has been established. Although we ought to still consider past doctrines, we don’t need to “reinvent the wheel” of truth. The truths important to us now, are built on the foundation of past truths already hammered out in previous creeds of the church that agree with Scripture. Thus often the doctrine of the church is shaped by the culture in which it is in because the devil, through the world, or erring members is trying to taint the pure gospel. Trying to add (Old Testament Laws) or subtract from the sovereign grace of God.
Speculating what affects this will have on established churches of having a Christian majority outside the west. The basic premise of this book I think is simply: the heart of Christendom has moved from the northern hemisphere to the southern hemisphere, what is surprising about this premise is that the northern hemisphere did not see the move, and still deny that it is moving. There are some great key points and issues raised in this book; the first is when Jenkins talks about the idea of professional analysts missing out on a big trend. That trend is that religious revolutions are ... ... middle of paper ... ...atin America, giving hope to those who are or were afraid to let go of the controlling grip of western dominance and showing that the opinions of the south will be more traditionalist and supernatural. I would highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the changing face of Global Christianity.
There are several key historical references that were influential and these references are imperative to understanding the full context of the canonical books and their relevance to the Christian faith. In most instances, the opposition of generally accepted truths is challenged and when the opposed truth is the winner, it emerges more accepted than it was before. This is the case for the canonical books as well. Challenges of opposing faiths are a major part of their emergences as the truth. Therefore, early Christianity experienced opposition from individuals and their following, thusly creating a devote need for clarification and a solidified statement of beliefs for all Christians.
It shares many similarities to our own families. In order for it to work, there has to be love and compassion but in the same way as at home, there can be arguments and disagreements that can sometimes lead to a division in the family. The world today has become much easier than it was at the time of the first disciples, however I believe this adds to the cost of discipleship. Being a disciple is regarded as quite "weird" and goes against many human values. Christians today are put to the test more and more by having their faith questioned a lot.