Bring fact-checked results to the top of your browser search. Their handshakes and toasts in beer and vodka celebrated their common victory over Nazi Germany and marked the collapse of old Europe altogether; but their inarticulate grunts and exaggerated smiles presaged the lack of communication in their relationship to come.
Reflections on Urban Ministry. Westminster John Knox Press, Does the church have a role to play in public life? That is, should the church devote its attention to things spiritual and stay out of things temporal?
Should the church be involved in transforming society or should it stay focused on building the church? If one feels called to the work of transformation, how will one go about doing this?
The author of Theology from the Trenches, Roger Gench, is part of this Reformed tradition and has embraced the call to be engaged in ministries of transformation.
IAF is the oldest community organizing effort in America, having been founded by the oft reviled Saul Alinsky. Considering the bad press that Alinsky continues to get long after his death, one might wonder what a minister of the gospel would find of value in such an effort, but if one understands the work of community organizing then perhaps one might have a change of heart perhaps.
Gench has written an important explication of church-based community organizing. He speaks to it from the perspective of one who has served as pastor of congregations serving urban communities. He has found that the principles of community organizing learned from IAF fit perfectly with his sense of calling as a pastor of an urban congregation.
In this book he seeks to connect the principles of community organizing with a theology that is defined by what he calls the "cruciform covenant. This cruciform work is rooted in covenant, because it is unconditional.
This book is deeply personal. Gench shares stories of his own engagement with community organizing and urban ministry. In chapter one of the book, he speaks of the event that truly sparked his engagement with community organizing.
He was serving as the pastor of a church in urban Baltimore, when a grocery store closed. At first thought it seemed as if this was a good riddance.
But quickly he discovered that this was the only store in this part of the community. It might not serve the populace well, but at least it was there. Things changed when the people began to organize under the leadership of IAF, an effort that required the involvement of churches to be successful.
From that moment on he got the picture and became committed to the effort. Have had his conscience raised, he committed himself and his church to this work. This led to engagement with IAF and community organizing training.
For those interested in or involved in community organizing, Gench provides a succinct and clear introduction to the tools of community organizing — primarily relational meetings and one-on-ones.
One of the key components of community organizing is the recognition that we respond most often when our own self-interest is at stake. In urban contexts there are many challenges to self-interest including economic woes, poor educational opportunities, housing challenges, crime, and more.
The church can often be an excellent place where people gather to explore and pursue their common good. You will also engage in relational meetings — for community organizing is not simply focusing on issues.
It is rooted in building relationships among people. Community organizing is a political act, because it engages the public square. People of faith organize so that they may have the strength to change systems that oppress. The Civil Rights Movement was rooted in the faith community. Leaders like Martin Luther King were rooted in the church.
They had allies and partners who were not distinctly religious, but without the religious community the efforts would have failed.
When the church enters the public square it is always in danger of being co-opted.At the siege of Vienna in Islam seemed poised to overrun Christian Europe. We are in a new phase of a very old war. The Use and Abuse of "Holy War" [Full Text] This process is evident in the way the West approaches the Islamic idea of jihad, which is often equated with holy war and mistakenly considered synonymous with Islamic violence.
Focusing on three distinct issues—the justification of holy war, the authority to wage holy war, and the conduct.
Two issues stand: (1) the character of God in the Bible and (2) the nature and purpose of what is commonly called "holy war." Of course more can (and should) be said.
But this essay will address these two issues so that we might begin to formulate a way of thinking about the Old Testament, Holy War, and the Christian life. Many accounts in the media define "jihad" as a synonym for "holy war," -- a vicious, violent clash between followers of different religions, each of whom believes that God is on their side and that the other side is of tranceformingnlp.com usage often appears on Western TV, radio, and other media during news about the Middle East, where it is used to describe a call for Muslims to fight against non.
Aug 03, · Introduction Jihad. The literal meaning of Jihad is struggle or effort, and it means much more than holy war.. Muslims use the .
Version (June 21, ). A few of the subjects I explore in my work have inspired an unusual amount of controversy. Some of this results from real differences of opinion or honest confusion, but much of it is due to the fact that certain of my detractors deliberately misrepresent my views.