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By Marsha G. Witten

In present day global we're faced with a gospel of straightforward forgiveness and inexpensive grace. slightly have we spoken up of our offenses, then an individual reassures us that we're forgiven, don't fret approximately it.

Churches (and pastors) purchase into this new Theology since it is the type of factor that specializes in headcounts and minimizes friction. Smile, be at liberty, God loves you it doesn't matter what, so let's move have fun.

It sounds exaggerated, yet even the main devoted preacher unearths secular messages creeping into his or her sermons. We rush prior the issues within the textual content and concentrate on the finishing. We disregard that the Prodigal Son used to be long gone many years prior to he lower back domestic, or even then he needed to hit backside sooner than he used to be able to admit he was once wrong.

As I struggled via this booklet i discovered myself asking approximately my very own sermons. used to be I final actual to the textual content and nonetheless conveying a latest message? used to be I permitting my listeners to spend time within the fight? Or was once I spoon feeding them a simple message they desired to listen?

Marsha Witten does an outstanding activity in "All is Forgiven" in learning and addressing those concerns. i like to recommend it for all who're liable for preaching, picking out fabrics for educating Sunday university and holiday Bible tuition, and who're leaders within the church.

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The doctrine insures that unbelievers will be grouped together in one undifferentiated category—a total rejection, not only of modernist relativism, but also even the premise of pluralism. And further, it assures that believers will be protected from contact with the force of unbelievers’ “sinful” conduct and meanings. Taken together, the resacralization of the world based on a sole reliance on Scripture, the construction of coherence around core claims, and the protection of adherents from alternative interpretations erect a barricade between the resistant community and the battering rams of modern secular culture.

Robert Schuller, Believe in the God Who Believes in You) F ROM THE LOOKS of survey data, contemporary Protestant belief in the United States is blossoming in the nutrients of spiritual soil. Today’s Americans overwhelmingly profess the importance of God in their lives. Recent Gallup polls indicate that 94 percent of Americans say they believe in God, 90 percent say they pray to God, and three quarters say they think deeply about their relationship to God. Nine in ten Americans say they have never even doubted the existence of God.

As some theorists have suggested, there may be a third type of responsive strategy available to contemporary religious speakers, which I have termed reframing. 44 As speakers reframe religious issues, they reconceive the primary function of religious 28 SECULAR CULTURE speech away from rendering propositional claims (such as, “Jesus died for our sins” or “You must be born again to be saved”). Instead, speakers use religious formulations principally to provide holistic meaning, on two levels: to people as individuals, by supplying overarching significance to the whole of life; and to people as members of collectivities, by orienting them around shared symbols in community.

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