I've been asked to be part of a panel discussion taking place at the ABC 75th Anniversary Homecoming Weekend. The panel will be hosted by the President. Here are the questions we've been asked to respond to:
- What are the most obvious couple of changes that you have seen in Christian witness, in your life time?
- Which ones are the most significant? Why?
- How do you think these changes have come about, that is, what particular cultural factors, are the changes addressing or responding to? Do you think the responses are a good thing?
- The church in Canada is increasingly seen as marginal, irrelevant, bigoted, conservative, and self-absorbed. For at least a generation of Canadians, there is not merely an apathy about the church, but increasingly a cynical view of the church. In spite of this, there remains widespread popular belief in some of the key things that make Christianity unique. Reg Bibby’s research has found that two thirds of Canadians still believe there is “something special about Jesus.” What do you make of these things?
- Only a “consumer driven” church is called to “be relevant,” a significant problem for many who see consumer behavior as culpable in the exploitation, abuse,
and alienation of Western societies. At the same time the churches message of salvation and call to be the “salt” that keeps societies/the world together, has to be heard and/or experienced in terms people not only “understand,” but “engage” in radical, public discipleship.
- How does the church learn to “be” in the world, in such a way that she is living as “salt” and “light,” rather than contributing to ‘the problem’?
- How might a ministry like Alberta Bible College contribute to the solution rather than the problem?
6. What other implications can be drawn from “the nature of the church,” and her presence in this particular world as agent of God’s rule, for “equipping the saints for ministry?”
- What is the encouragement you would give to a young person who is thinking about becoming a “servant leader” in the church of the 21st C?
Should be interesting eh? How would you answer some of the those questions? If you are around August 4 come check it out!