Tuesday, August 01, 2006

Tuesday morning evangelistic smack-down

Perspectives

1. Church planting is the "extreme sport of ministry." (Ron Sylvia, author of "Starting High Definition Churches”) Pic above! Woo-hoo! HT: Epic.

2. Quote: "Evangelism without social action is like a body without a soul. Social action without evangelism is like a soul without a body. One is a corpse and the other is a ghost, and we don’t want either one." (E. Stanley Jones)

3. The “emerging church” (that wants to be so Christocentric) so far is missing out on what should be their major resource - Methodist missionary E. Stanley Jones. Start with “The Christ of the Indian Road.” Get it from your favorite used books list. And then keep reading. There are thirty-plus Christocentric Jones books to choose from.

4. "Evangelism" used to make evangelical's skin crawl. No longer. We have now dismissed it as a serious expectation in our lives. Indeed, knowing we won't do it but that somebody else should, we feel quite at home with the term.

5. Since "the list" of the 50 most influential churches has come out, which church in your region would Jesus say was most influential? Why would it be chosen?

Nice resource/blog: House Church Blog.

2 Comments:

At 9:57 PM, Blogger Jeremy D. Scott said...

Matt -

Do you have a resource as to the quote you give (about social holiness) being attributed to E. Stanley Jones? I have always attributed that quote to Henry Gariepy, which I read in the NIV Study Bible - Reflecting God. Where did Jones say it?

Just curious,
F&TC,
- J

 
At 11:03 AM, Blogger Matt Friedeman said...

Jeremy:

I quoted Jones from a source and close colleague who heard ESJ use this many times in speaking (J.T. Seamands). However, I did a quick google search and found it in a tad different form:

"an individual gospel without a social gospel is a soul without a body and social action without an individual gospel is a body without a soul. One is a ghost and the other a corpse" (The Unshakable Kingdom and the Unchanging Person, Abingdon Press, 1972, 40).

Google - amazing.

 

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