What a contrast in the posts I was reading this morning.
From Adrian Warnock Sovereign Grace Ministries Announces Upcoming Conference. Compare this to some of the reports on Greenbelt such as A Different Beat and Home (both from Not religion but love via Ian at Youthblog: More Greenbelt) you can see 100′s more reports on Greenbelt via Technorati (by url and by tag). Oh I’ll also point to The best of all: Greenbelt – Friday (whom I met at the Wibsite gathering) and in the secular press: The Public View of Masses of love at cultural festival.
The contrast between on the one hand a festival that includes all with significant emphases on justice, active discipleship, worship in just about every imaginable style, and justice for the poor & impressed all with huge amounts of scriptural foundation, exploration, sharing and exposition.
And on the other hand a conference designed to exclude 50% of the population by gender and is all about power for men in the Church and the world. About defensiveness rather than openness.
- Which of these conferences do you think Jesus would be more likely to attend? Consider this in the light of Luke 4: 18-21, Matthew 28:18-20 and Micah 6:8
- Which of these conferences offers hope and new life to the world.
Our hurting, lost world needs Jesus like never before, but it needs a whole Jesus and a whole gospel.
Building defences to protect the powerful and creating slick, well marketed, male dominated mega churches fails the poor, fails the oppressed, fails the hungry, fails the lost, fails the wealthy and fails to do justice to God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.