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Evangelism and Social Justice: Newest Cross Examinations Discussion Posted

By Mark D. Roberts | Friday, April 16, 2010

The second installment of the Cross Examinations conversation has just been posted at The latest question is:

“The nature and import of social justice ministry has been attacked and debated frequently in recent weeks.  To approach the issue constructively: what exactly IS the proper relationship between evangelistic and social justice ministries?”

Patheos LogoOnce again, a diverse group of evangelical thinkers addresses this question in relatively short answers. Participating are:

Timothy Dalrymple, Manager of the Evangelical Portal at Patheos.
Douglas Groothuis, Professor of Philosophy at Denver Theological Seminary.
Danny Hall, Senior Pastor at Valley Community Church in Pleasanton, California.
Daniel Harrell, Senior Minister at Colonial Church in Edina, Minnesota.
Brian McLaren, founding pastor at Cedar Ridge Community Church in Spencerville, Maryland.
Kelly Monroe-Kullberg, author, campus minister, and founder of the Veritas Forum.
Mark D. Roberts, Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence for Laity Lodge.

Yes, you’ll notice my name as the caboose on this train.

Once again, I’d encourage you to read all the selections. But if, in your impatience, you want to jump to mine, here’s the link. And, once again, I’d urge you to think about your own answer to this question before you see what others say.

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3 Responses to “Evangelism and Social Justice: Newest Cross Examinations Discussion Posted”

  1. Tim Dalrymple Says:
    April 16th, 2010 at 10:38 am

    Oh, you’re no caboose. You’re the grand finale! (Actually, you’re just last alphabetically.) So glad you participate in this, and so glad you share it with your readers.

    I hope that we can continue to build a charitable and thoughtful conversation amongst Christian thought leaders online. We need more fora for constructive dialogue, in my view, to counteract the balkanizing tendencies of the internet.

  2. Thomas Buck Says:
    April 17th, 2010 at 2:13 am

    Thanks for the link. I read all the articles, which helped clarify the term “social justice” as used in a Christian context. The term carries a lot of negative connotations for me, as it is used heavily by certain political activists with whom I disagree heartily.

    Good thinking and writing, all of you!


  3. Joe Arnett Says:
    April 17th, 2010 at 6:35 am

    I read all the articles too and I agree with all Tom’s comments.


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