Below are excerpts from an interview with Josh Carney, teaching pastor at University Baptist Church in Waco, near Baylor University. Good food for thought about the role of the church and the role of the pastor in leading the church.
What other parts of being in ministry have been challenging?
Working out how specifically to pursue our mission as a church. It hasn't been difficult for us to identify how God would have us be kingdom people in the world. What's been harder is determining the best way to accomplish this. For example, we might all agree that the kingdom that Jesus proclaims compels us to work to alleviate suffering. But what is the best, most responsible way to do this?
Read more: Pastoral Ministry--an interview from Christian Century
Below is an excerpt from Chris Webb's new book, The Fire of the Word.
What are we to make of the Bible?
By any standards we choose to apply it is an astounding and magnificent book.The sweep of history is breathtaking and the depth of insight profound. Its poetry enlarges the heart, its philosophy soars into the heavens, and its prophecies rattle the soul. Through the centuries Scripture has comforted, inspired, guided and challenged millions.
Read more: Meeting God on Holy Ground-an excerpt from Chris Webb's new book