Others have argued that our first task is evangelism, that Christians should not meddle in politics, that social action is a distraction. As an act of love of neighbor, it is right to want biblical values to be reflected in public life. He urges conservatives not to marginalize those who uphold the cause of the oppressed, and those involved in social action not to neglect the preaching of the Word. Having said all that, I loved the book. Responding to Christians in both camps, Chester helps people to talk the talk and walk the walk.
Be like Jesus or talk about Jesus? Those others get worried I am too big on it at the expense of other things! Good News to the Poor: Social Involvement and the Gospel is a well written, straight to the point book that will encourage those who work with the marginalised to preach the word, and those who preach the word to get their hands dirty. What does social action that is distinctly evangelical really look like? It is a strong, and to my mind convincing, chapter that reminds us that we should not tie any social change to the biblical concept of the coming kingdom. Should we share the gospel with them, or a bowl of soup? I think in his rush to defend the poor and so he should he forgets that a huge majority are manipulative and lazy and we need a theology and a way of doing church that deals with this. Evangelicals are defined by their commitment to the centrality of the gospel. Strident New Atheists who seek to disprove God make historical attacks on the New Testament Gospels as a major part of their strategy. I found the second half of the book less engaging than the first.
He presents a biblical case for truly evangelical social action that is shaped and inspired by the gospel. Recognizes the importance of a multifaceted approach which includes not only material relief, but also community development and structural change. Having laid this biblical and historical groundwork, Chester goes on to explore a number of other topics, including the connection between social action and evangelism, how a biblical vision of the kingdom of God shapes our social action, and why the gospel is also good news to the rich. Previously, Chester worked for , a Christian international development organization that does incredible work around the world. For distinctly Christian development to take place, we need distinctly Christian communities. And some forms of charitable intervention can leave people marginalized. He presents a biblical case for truly evangelical social action, that is shaped and inspired by the gospel.
Tim does makes the distinction between Welfare and Development as follows: Welfare is an approach that involves giving something to the poor, like food, clothing, or skills. This helpful, accessible volume will be of lasting value to all with an interest in the issues and debates. He consistently cites leading practitioners and groundbreaking thinkers, showing he has clearly done his homework. The biblical and historical case for social action is well established, as Chester demonstrates quite well in the first chapter. Chester provides good reasons for the need for evangelicals to be involved in social action.
I love this way of marrying ecclesiology and social action. I feel that rather than making me feel different in my view, it has changed my approach in the way I will talk to others. Helpful treatment of the biblical basis and necessity for mercy, generosity, justice, etc. This is where the book also slightly frustrated me. We believe that God's growth process always starts with hearing clearly what He has said to us through His timeless word — the Bible. Is social involvement a legitimate activity of Christians? There are plenty of churches and Christian organizations that emphasize social involvement, but many neglect the gospel. Quite often we find ourselves gravitating toward one of those modes over the other--at times going so far as to pit word against deed, as if the two were mutually exclusive.
Be like Jesus or talk about Jesus? The biblical and historical case for social action is well established, as Chester demonstrates quite well in the first chapter. He also provides some useful suggestions and ideas for involvement and includes some pertinent warnings: social action doesn't mean doing something for the poor, it is more than providing solutions. What does social action that is distinctly evangelical really look like? From start to finish, Chester demonstrates pastoral concern and theological depth, while drawing on some of the best thinking out there on social action and development. Many readers of my blog will b What does social action that is distinctly evangelical really look like? Chester, as pastor, church planter, and seminary professor, longs to see the church embrace social involvement and ministry to the poor with a focus on the gospel. Our proclamation has social consequences as we call people to love and repentance in all areas of life.
Others have argued that our first task is evangelism, that Christians should not meddle in politics, that social action is a distraction. One of the reasons for the lack of involvement is that Christianity is too often considered to be a private with no public ramifications. We should not expect it to afford us special privileges. Tim Chester argues passionately that evangelism and social action are inseparable as two arms of the church's mission. More Than a Private Faith 3. Can We Make a Difference? Consistent, mission-minded evangelicals have always refused to choose between a commitment to gospel proclamation and an active concern for the poor. We will do something for the poor.
Others have argued that our first task is evangelism, that Christians should not meddle in politics, that social action is a distraction. Social action or gospel proclamation? The basic argument of the book is that social involvement and evangelism are inseparable actions of the church and that they must go hand in hand. Does social reform need to follow social action? Previously, Chester worked for Tearfund, a Christian international development organization that does incredible work around the world. He covers a lot of the same ground I did in the piece I wrote for last year. . Good social involvement is helping people to find their own solutions. That strikes me as as interesting compromise, and ultimately an unconvincing one.
It affects our evangelism and our discipleship in profound ways. Social action or gospel proclamation? Throughout history, men and women such as Wilberforce and Shaftesbury, Carey and Booth have recognized a call to help the needy. But this is intentional, since Chester has no interest in simply preaching to the choir. Can we make a difference? Many readers of this blog will be sympathetic with the bulk of what Chester has to say in Good News to the Poor. Throughout history, men and women such as Wilberforce and Shaftesbury, Carey and Booth have recognized a call to help the needy. So has my view been changed by this book? Chester in this introductory book helpfully examines this relationship.