Chaos and Grace in the Slums of the Earth
I read the September cover story with great interest. I am seeing points of Light injected into the deep darkness of cities and the urban core. However, feeding programs and educational assistance are not the full gospel. I pray that while the New Friars are living holistically with the people, they are also preaching repentance and faith.
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I enjoyed reading the article written by Kent Annan, who extolled the virtues of the New Friars. I beg to differ with one of his statements that there are only about 200 missionaries in this network. There is a much larger group outside the New Friars, such as those serving with New Tribes Mission, who live and minister with great financial sacrifice. And there are probably thousands of such impoverished servants of the Lord—who one day will be richly rewarded!
David M. Denlinger
The example of pastor Jim Standridge berating individual church attendees during a sermon is such an extreme case of pastors rebuking from the pulpit it is hardly worth attention. (And it wouldn't have any if not for YouTube.)
A discussion of cases that are closer to the boundaries of how church leaders commonly deal with individual sin would have been more useful.
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God's Word in Two Words
I love Tullian Tchividjian's way of incorporating his love for family in his writing—beautiful. But it seems he is driving down a theological dead-end road. A view that sums up the Scripture in ways that ignore New Testament categories isn't all that helpful. The reformational fathers were asking questions of the biblical text that ...1
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