Carson on 5 trends in the church today

Thanks to Peter Cockrell for posting his notes from Don Carson’s talk at Bethlehem Baptist Church last Friday. In a nutshell, Carson seems to be saying:

  1. there’s lots of detailed academic knowledge but little mission in today’s church
  2. churches are “clumping” around non-core values
  3. mainline churches are losing mission minded, determined men because of the distractions of fighting over bygone (largely liberal) issues
  4. social concern should go hand-in-hand with but not trump the gospel
  5. neonomianism is a big problem in the church

Each issue is arguably caused by an absence of the cross in church life. When the cross is decentralised other things become more important, don’t they?

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