Tag: critical thinking

"Many people today, some well-intentioned and some not so much, are doing their best to soft-pedal the gospel in order to widen its appeal. But in reality, they're doing the exact opposite. When we make following Jesus a tag line, or view it as just something we add on to our lives without sacrificing anything, we are actually diminishing the value of the gospel. We do the gospel an injustice when we don't call people to sacrifice and give their entire lives to Jesus, because in doing so, what we're really saying is that following Jesus is not really all that important."
~ Leighton Flowers
"There seems to be conflict with how some churches approach ministry. You have the 'felt-needs' crowd, who are all about appealing to where the surface level needs are. And then you have those who are totally against that, who say 'We only preach the Bible over here.' I believe there's a third way...where the proper preaching of the gospel actually unearths deeper longings in people than the surface stuff they may feel they need. Good pastors, preachers, and teachers, need to start with the 'felt-need', but then go underneath that to show the deeper needs that the gospel is actually intended to fulfill. When we do that, we actually expose and challenge some of the lies that our culture presents regarding how to meet the surface needs."
~ Trevin Wax
"Success seems to be the 'golden calf' of the American church. These days, we measure the success of a church by the 3 B's...buildings, bodies, and budget. When those 3 things reach a certain number, we equate that with a successful ministry. But if we measured Jesus' earthly ministry by that standard, He would be considered an epic failure. That should tell us something about our definition of success."
~ J.R. Briggs
"I think we have the wrong idea about God's grace. God's grace isn't you seeing what you can get away with and still go to heaven. There are plenty of things you can do that you won't go to hell for, but that your life will still suffer from."
~ Tye Tribbett
"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
"I think we have really hyper-individualized Christianity. We are comfortable with pastors laying out the implications of being a Christian in our personal lives, maybe even our family lives...but not our social lives. When you group people together into communities, such as a neighborhood or national government, for some reason, we tend to keep God out of those arenas today. Why are so many churches scared to tackle social issues like gun violence, education reform, racism, abortion, and so on? Why have we so privatized our Christianity?"
~ Skye Jethani