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What are the key theological issues currently facing the church and society, and how do they shape your ministry?:
We have a powerful opportunity. In this time of economic trials, losses and fear, we can see very clearly who we are, what we are doing, and what will result. As a culture we have coasted along uncritically on greed for a long time now, trusting not in God but in interest rates, loving not each other but the next gadget or raise or lease. This is idolatry, and it is nothing new.
Until the bottom falls out on us, we don’t realize what we are standing on – shifting sand. And the result will always be the same – we will be swallowed whole by our own endless want. Now is a time when the hurch universal, in every place, and in every language, can stand up and say “We know another Way”: A Way that values life rather than making it a commodity or collateral damage; a Way that calls us to love sacrificially rather than hedge our bets; a Way that is a path to life by losing life; a Way that is far greater and more wonderful than all of our ideas and practices and even hopes.
We find that Way in a person, Jesus Christ, and I think it is a wonderful time to be who we are and say what we believe. I am ready for the power of the Holy Spirit to remake and renew us, to remind us that we are chosen before we can respond, and we are loved beyond our capacity to reciprocate or even understand. God’s love is overturning the world and making it new, and I want to be part of it.