WHI-1029 | An Interview with Christian Smith

Sunday, 26 Dec 2010

 

 
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  • 26 Dec 2010
    Craig Olson says:

    Christian Smith has hit the nail smack on the head!
    Christian ministry has become therapeutic, focusing almost
    exclusively on the personal experiences and ‘spiritual growth’ of
    the believer. Look how the epistles of Paul begin. They almost all
    start by addressing the entire church to which they were sent. His
    teachings dealt primarily with life in community. He encouraged
    mentoring and mutual ministry. Modern preachers speak almost
    entirely about one’s ‘personal relationship with Jesus Christ’ and
    deal with attitudes rather than actions. Ministry in the apostolic
    era focused on spreading the kingdom of God both in terms of the
    geographic reach of the gospel and the dominion of Christ in the
    lives of the believers. Ministry in the modern church focuses on
    size, fabulous facilities and participation in programs. As for
    Biblical illiteracy, George Barna did a study that showed whereas
    many Christians subscribe to Biblical truths, they also believe in
    a competing set of doctrines based on popular notions of religion
    and faith. And we all know that there are many passages of
    scripture that never find their way to a pulpit because they are
    politically incorrect and could result in the loss of a church’s
    tax exemption. My own experiences of abandonment by the church and
    Christian family and friends during a ten year period when I went
    through multiple crises led me to take another long hard look at
    the church. The result was a book entitled ‘The Causal Christian’
    which is available for free at ‘causalchristian.net.’ I end with a
    quote from that book: “The Bible is not just a guideline. It is the
    authoritative Word of God. Disobeying it has consequences. Obeying
    it has rewards. Yet we fudge. We compromise. We rationalize. We
    trade away our spiritual integrity for some temporal pleasure or
    man’s approval or self-gratification, or self-preservation. And as
    we do, we gradually erode our ability to distinguish right from
    wrong, to see our own failings, and to turn back in repentance to
    God.”

  • 27 Dec 2010
    gib says:

    I’d love to see the WHI interact with Christian Smith’s book “Divided by Faith”. Any chance of that?

    Confessional Christians need to speak to the issues that Smith addresses in this book as well…

  • 27 Dec 2010
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  • 28 Dec 2010
    Dan says:

    gib, have not listened to the podcast yet but blog suggests “various writing projects” in the discussion with Smith… perhaps not just Soul Searching / Souls in Transition. If you had something specific in mind from “Divided by Faith?”, plz elaborate in your comment.

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