Are issues of social justice always just a local matter?
"No church can truly be the church if its pastor or congregation are unwilling to speak hard truths to each other and to themselves. To think of the pastorate as primarily a helping profession, and the church as only a therapeutic community whose main goal is to make us feel better about ourselves... ...instead of giving people what they actually need to be healthy... ...is a betrayal of the gospel and the church's mission."~ Ron Dreher
"Some people do not like to hear much of repentance; but I think it is so necessary that if I should die in the pulpit, I would desire to die preaching repentance, and if out of the pulpit I would desire to die practicing it."~ Matthew Henry
"My advice to the American church would be simply this: you don't have to be so scared. Sometimes you can lose legislative force and political force, and yet not lose the force of the gospel. Classical historians are still baffled at how the early church completely transformed the Roman Empire with no political or legislative power. Some would venture to say that it was miraculous."~ John Dickson (an Australian Christian apologist)
"If Jesus had preached the same message that many ministers preach today, He would have never been crucified."~ Leonard Ravenhill
"Jesus promised the disciples three things: that they would be courageous, absurdly happy...and in constant trouble."~ G.K. Chesterton