In this edition of Exploring Hope, Keith Whitfield talks with Bruce Ashford about how the Bible should shape our lives.
1) At Pastors Today, Erik Reed discusses three reasons why people leave your church.
2) Also in the list genre, Southeastern VP of Institutional Advancement, Art Rainer, mentions seven moments when ministry leaders are likely to lose focus.
3) Ed Stetzer provides a very helpful brief history of “missional.” He rightly notes that talking about missional living does not a missional church make.
4) For a good look at the gospel and the church in Mexico–where gospel ministry can be as difficult as in some Middle Eastern countries–read Ivan Mesa’s interview of Carlos Contreras at The Gospel Coalition.
5) Finally, Bruce Ashford, Provost at Southeastern, writes at Canon at Culture about the impact Leslie Newbigin has had on his thinking.
Today at Canon and Culture, Bruce Ashford, Provost and Associate Professor of Theology and Culture at Southeastern, discusses the impact of the late Richard John Neuhaus on his theology. Specifically, Ashford writes, Neuhaus helped him think through the connections of Christianity to the public square.
Here’s an excerpt:
In the early 1970s, in his mid-life, Neuhaus had risen to be a prominent liberal public intellectual, poised to be the next Reinhold Niebuhr. He had a sharp wit, golden tongue, and prolific pen. He had major left-wing credibility, having marched arm-in-arm with MLK who was a personal friend. In the late 1960s he became famous for co-founding (together with Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan and Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel) Clergy and Laymen Concerned About Vietnam. He was at the dead center of the “in” crowd in New York City, speaking to Congress, appearing on news shows, and publishing in his pick of journals and magazines.
The great turning point of his life was Roe v. Wade. When abortion was legalized, Neuhaus opposed it because he believed humans were created in the image of God and therefore possessed a certain dignity.