I especially agree with and would like to highlight Erik Charter’s conclusion, regarding such parachurch organizations:
The problem with stuff like this is the assumption that ordinary Word & Sacrament ministry is not enough.
This same mistake underlies the ministries of “The Obedience Boys” and The Gospel Coalition. They are impatient with the church and evidently feel constrained by it, so they take it upon themselves to form an organization to “fill in the gaps”.
Why do we need ecumenical coalitions? Churches do ecumenism. Who appointed these individual ministers to do ecumenism or form committees?
These things are all variations of the same underlying mistakes — impatience and lack of trust in churches to do the work that Christ has appointed to them.
Got this e-mail from a well-meaning guy I go to church with:
“We’re excited about the Living for God Conference that is coming up next month.
For three days – July 10-12 – we will, God willing, be hosting a conference on the power of God and the Christian life.
Scott Brown, Steve Deace, Kevin Swanson, and Phil Kayser will be delivering 17 messages that aim to breathe vigor, love, and heart into your Christian walk.
Here are big reasons for you to come:
This conference is in your backyard: Iowa and the Midwest! It will be held in the auditorium of Faith Baptist Bible College.
This conference is for your whole family: littles and bigs!
This conference is needed! Families and Churches – Christians desperately need revitalization in the ways of God to be stirred up to love God and live for Him.
This conference exalts the Word…
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