The Gospel to the Poor, Part 1

by Timothy Keller at The Worldview Church

The original question I was asked to address was “How does our commitment to the primacy of the gospel tie into our obligation to do good to all, especially those of the household of faith, to serve as salt and light in the world, to do good to the city?” I will divide this question into two parts: (1) If we are committed to the primacy of the gospel, does the gospel itself serve as the basis and motivation for ministry to the poor? (2) If so, how then does that ministry relate to the proclamation of the gospel?

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Dominionism

The good folks at Worldview Church have addressed the latest brouhaha regarding recent attacks on several political candidates, charging them with having been influenced by “dominionists” at best and being “dominionists” at worst. Well, you may be asking, “What in the world is a “dominionist” in the first place? I’m glad you asked.

In their most recent newsletter, the folks at Worldview Church answer that question,  show us what is and is not really going on here, and also guide us in our thinking about how we should understand  our King’s dominion (i.e., his kingdom – his rule and reign)  in this world with its various powers and principalities. Here’s the introduction to the latest newsletter…

Dominionism Hype
Media Distortion Push Back

High profile, evangelical aspirers to public office, that is those who embrace a Christian Worldview, open themselves to being castigated for their views, whether accurately understood or not. As a prelude to this next (presidential election) political season, the national news media’s sharp-shooters have sighted in a few candidates who are identified as “extremists,” even those who would threaten individual liberty through coercive legislation. This week’s article collection equips pastors and Christian leaders to rebut recent media insinuations with background material. See Groothuis’s and Aman’s on the recent “Dominionism” controversy and T.M. Moore’s piece for a biblical perspective.

Here are the links to the articles in the  newsletter. All very helpful…

I enjoy every issue of The Colson’s Center’s, Worldview Church’s newsletter, Ekklesia. I heartily encourage you to subscribe.

*Extra – Just read this piece by Ross Douthat at The New York Times on “American Theocracy.”

Truth and Joy,
Dale

Tedder’s Top Ten: Worldview Websites

I have ranked only the first website below in order of my favorites because I regard it as the best website for worldview thinking and living. The others are in no particular order since trying to rank them would have given me a headache.

1.) The Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview – Very good and helpful website. It is regularly updated, has great writing, and some good use of YouTube as well. You can also get connected via Facebook and Twitter. (I’m also placing Colson’s BreakPoint here because it’s also very good and it touches on many of the same elements.)

Here’s a description of The Colson Center…

The Colson Center presents a research, study, and networking center for growing in a Christian worldview. The Center provides opportunities for searching a wide range of documents and other materials, joining a learning community, acquiring materials for training others, networking with likeminded Christians, and staying abreast of the latest in Christian worldview thinking.

The Colson Center links with a wide range of worldview ministries whose resources and materials are available by searching this site. In addition, opportunities for personal mentoring, ongoing and customized study and training, and daily email newsletters and devotionals are also available. A comprehensive bookstore of Christian worldview resources serves the needs of readers and students from all walks of life.

Using the writings, speeches, and other materials of Chuck Colson as the “first floor” of its resources, The Colson Center builds upon that to erect an edifice of worldview information, resources, and training from every age and sector of the Christian heritage. Following a Framework of Truth based on the Christian worldview, The Colson Center exists to equip others for the realization of transformed lives, churches, communities, cultures, societies, and times.

2.) American Vision – Gary DeMar and company are making much of YouTube as well providing some great articles on a wide assortment of topics. Not afraid to take on the hard issues.

3.) Catholic Education Resource Center – As a Protestant, I can’t go along with everything on this site, however, on the whole, it’s a fantastic presentation of the Christian world and life view. Lots of great articles.

4.) Leadership University – I debated whether or not to include this one. On the one hand, it has a bazillion great articles covering everything under the sun. On the other hand, it’s website format is from the stone age and thus, not very helpful. But, the good outweighs the bad in this case, so I’m including it.

5.) The McKenzie Study Center – I’ve been following these good folks for a long time now. Their content is always good and they’ve done a great job keeping their site sharp and user-friendly. The only thing on my wish list for them is to do more with social media.

6.) Orthodoxy Today – Just as I included my caveat for my Roman Catholic brothers and sisters above, I should say once again that, as a Protestant, I don’t agree with everything here either. But their commitment to the historic Christian faith and the impact that it ought to have for every sphere of life is unquestionable. Always good things to read.

7.) Probe Ministries – I think Probe has an article for every topic imaginable. From secular humanism to science to art they have an article for you. They are also in the business of training students to think biblically. (Check out their Mind Games conferences and seminars.)

8.) Center for Parent/Youth Understanding – I couldn’t possibly keep up with all the things that my kids might run into in a given week… even if I wanted to. Fortunately, I don’t have to watch every show, listen to every song, or check out every website since they folks at CPYU do that for me. Good information here.

9.) byFaith Online – This is an e-zine for the Presbyterian Church in America… which I don’t belong to. However, it’s more than a denominational magazine, it’s a great resource that expounds the “every sphere of life” nature of the Christian faith. It also has a strong ministry emphasis of living such a life as an ordinary part of who we are as Christians.

10.) Summit Ministries – God willing, my children will all attend the Summit Ministries worldview training retreats during the summers of their college years. They are the pioneers of this. Summit Ministries is doing a fantastic job providing a variety of curricula, as well as making the most of social media. A great site to check out.

** To be sure there are other very fine sites out there. If there is one in particular that I didn’t mention that you think is worth knowing about, please let me know in the comments section. Maybe I’ll come up with an “honorable mention” category. In the mean time, click here to check out the ones that I didn’t mention.

Honorable Mention

Grace and Truth,
Dale