“What is the difference between InterVarsity and Cru, the Navigators or Christian Union?” Potential ministry partners will ask me this frequently. Almost immediately my competitive juices begin to flow and I am tempted to subtly “talk down” the other ministries and “talk up” InterVarsity.
One of the hallmarks of Evangelical Christianity is our insistence on the magisterial authority of Scripture. But I have recently become aware of just how often we are eager to promote the “use” of Scripture in our engagement with the Bible. This can be dangerous.
“Evangelical Christian” is a loaded term these days. Common associations with these words conjure up descriptions like judgmental, homophobic, intolerant, conformist, anti-intellectual, and hypocritical.
Katie applied to only one prestigious graduate program because she was told in a casual conversation by the Dean that she would be admitted. But when the committee decided on her application, she was denied admission. She was crushed. “Why would God do this to me?” she cried. “What am I going to do now?”
When these curve balls of life come at us, we often ask “Why?”
In my senior year of college, I had a memorable God moment. Some friends and I were up late one night planning our post-graduation trip. During the meeting my mentor, Greg, came in. He listened to our conversation and inserted helpful questions to guide us in a difficult decision about whether to challenge someone to grow, or allow that person to make a safe choice. We ended the meeting after midnight, satisfied with our hard work.
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