By Alexander Carpenter
As E. J. Dionne Jr. points out in the Washington Post and as David Van Biema notes in the TIME this week, the American evangelical community faces an opportunity to move beyond the usual social conservative issues. And as Rick Warren points out in the above clip, great evangelical social justice advocates like William Wilberforce demonstrate that the future of faith bends toward saving and improving lives, not just “souls”.
In fact, slavery continues.
As David Batstone writes in an article, 900,000 people are bought and sold in the 32 billion dollar a year human trafficking world industry. Read and digg it here.
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I had a dream last night, a dream of General Conference Sessions past and future. I stood in the center of a stadium, packed with people, all captivated by the music and stagecraft in front of them. I looked around and felt a sadness that kept growing inside of me until it was overwhelming.
Some time ago I was sitting in what quite possibly was the most boring church service I have ever been in. (No, I won’t tell you where I was.) There couldn’t have been more than 50 people in the sanctuary, and I’m being generous. We sang no less than 5 hymns. All hymns were sung in a dry, slow manner. The sermon seemed uninspired, barely prepared, and was presented with no sense of conviction. It felt like we were in church for three hours. We were in church for about 70 minutes.