Morning Roundup 10/8/12: Romney & Evangelicals, Church Critics, Hospitality & Great Commission
Christianity Today has a helpful article on Evangelicals and Republicans, debunking the myth (with Pew data) that a large number of Evangelicals will not vote for Mitt Romney because of his Mormonism. I believe that some will not, and we will be releasing some new research on the subject soon, but it will still remain true that most Evangelicals will vote Republican.
A year ago, some pundits predicted that many evangelicals would not support Mitt Romney's presidential run because of his Mormon faith. They were wrong. A new poll shows evangelicals remain the base of the Republican Party, favoring Romney over Barack Obama four-to-one.
The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press reports that 74 percent of registered evangelicals will vote for Romney. Among likely evangelical voters who have made up their mind on the presidential candidates, 80 percent will vote Republican.
Support for Romney is remarkably similar to the backing McCain and Bush received from evangelicals. According to exit polls, the two previous GOP candidates each garnered around 78 percent of the evangelical vote.
Despite a history of Republican voting, some political pontificators predicted that evangelicals would be apprehensive about an LDS candidate. The picture of evangelicals as religious partisans has itself proven to be little more than caricature and stereotype.
Thom Rainer has a helpful article on the types of critics in a church.
All pastors and other church leaders have their critics. No leader in the church can escape the sting of criticism. Indeed, dealing with critics is one of the great challenges pastors have in ministry.
Though the pain of criticism cannot be removed, it can be handled constructively. One way to deal with the issue is to make every effort to understand the mindset of the critic. In doing so, church leaders can respond redemptively and pastorally. Take a look at these five types of critics.
1. The constructive critic.
2. The negligent critic.
3. The hurt critic.
4. The sinful critic.
5. The self-serving critic.
I recently blogged about a new book edited by David Mathis and John Piper on the mission of God. Now, David writes on how hospitality fits into the Great Commission.
The twelve of us sat in silence, on the edge of our seats. You could have heard a pin drop.
I had pilgrimaged from Minnesota to muggy Orlando, and her stifling August humidity, for a weeklong intensive course on evangelism with Steve Childers. Fortunately, Reformed Theological Seminary is as air-conditioned as it is Reformed.
With only a dozen students on board for five 9-hour days with one of the country's top church-planting strategists, it was a rich week, to say the least. During these precious hours, the Beijing Olympics were playing second fiddle to learning about the advance of the gospel around the world and in personal conversation.
Time and again Childers had thrown us curveballs. He knew how to keep us on our toes. But now he had us nothing short of captivated.
The Key to 21st-Century Evangelism
"You know what the key to evangelism in the 21st-century will be, don't you?"
He wasn't talking Global South, but the Western hemisphere -- and America in particular.
I'm sure he could see on our faces how eager we were for his answer. Wow, the key, we were thinking. This is huge.
He paused and smiled that memorable Steve Childers world-evangelism grin. He waited. Still waiting. Still paused. Still nothing. Hold it . . . hold it. I was almost ready to burst with, "Just c'mon already!"
Finally he lifted the curtain.
Here is a brief video I did for my friends in the Evangelical Free Church.