The sub-title is “Why are Christians Living Just Like the Rest of the World?” The title itself was enough to make me buy the book. The first chapter is packed full of interesting statistics that show that “Evangelical Christians” commit the same sins, to the same degree, as non-Christians. I was not as satisfied with the rest of the book. Sider’s answer to the worldliness of the church is 1) an emphasis on strong Lordship Salvation; 2) a preaching of a Social Gospel for “the whole man;” and 3) a recognition of a “dawning kingdom” view which sees the messianic kingdom as having already begun. These three propositions find their fulfillment in one’s “world view” as he applies it to the world outside the church. Additional dissatisfactions: Sider decries “personal salvation,” “soul-winning,” and the autonomy of the local church which was disappointing.
Who Needs The Local Church?July 2, 2017
This is a day of convenience, quick on-line shopping, and instant everything. It is almost possible for a person to live one’s whole life without leaving the house. If someone can arrange to work from home, the rest is easy. You can do all of your banking online, shop for almost anything and have it […]
What About Foot Washing?April 5, 2017
It’s not unusual to be asked about baptism or the Lord’s Supper but in conjunction with that the question of foot washing as an ordinance of the church often comes up. I usually reply that I certainly believe in foot washing, especially for boys under ten years old! But why is it that I do […]
Local Churches and Their PastorsOctober 29, 2016
The month of October afforded me a number of opportunities to fellowship with local church pastors from various states and even countries. Though I have written on the local church a lot this year, I want to relate the blessing that I received from my fellowship with these men and also to enhance our appreciation […]