THE ROLE OF THEOLOGY IN MINISTRY

THE ROLE OF THEOLOGY IN MINISTRY

DR. MICHAEL HORTON

Dr. Michael Horton speaks on the role of theology in ministry and answers a number of questions from the audience on various practical, theological concepts such as how we wrestle with racial reconciliation theologically, how do we maintain a stable gospel ministry in a shifting culture, and what do we do with our leaders who don’t love theology?

Dr. Horton is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California, Editor-in-Chief of Modern Reformation magazine and CoreChristianity.com, President and host of the nationally syndicated radio broadcast, The White Horse Inn, and author of over 20 books including Christless Christianity, The Gospel-Driven LifeThe Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way, Ordinary, and Core Christianity.

NAVIGATING RACIAL HARMONY IN OUR CITY & CULTURE

Duane Smets moderates a panel of Pastors Chris Sandoval, Vince Larson, and Coral Cook on how we can navigate racial harmony in our city and culture.

Here are some of the questions we discussed:

Has race been an issue or topic in your church at all in the last year or two?  Tell us about it.

What is the role of the gospel in responding to national and local racial injustices and racialized “events” ie Charlottesville? How to get ahead of it and be prepared to respond with the gospel?

How do we create a space for honest conversation and remove the veil of fear & offense surrounding these touchy topics?  

How do we also take steps towards people of color instead of only focusing on “attracting” people of color? As in how to integrate those two modes of being.  How do we resist the tribal tendency to seek out those who are like us in regards to class and race?

What is the role and purpose of “white guilt” if any?  What is “white privilege”? And how do we address its reality as a church?

What is the real and tangible vision of racial harmony even look like? How can we cast clear vision of something as nebulous as racial harmony?

THINKING THROUGH THE WORSHIP GATHERING

Ryan Leech, Director of Worship at The Resolved Church, helps us think through the liturgies of our worship gatherings as well as other aspects of the Sunday gathering.

Ryan says, "Our goal as liturgists is to communicate the gospel clearly, not only in what we preach, but what we sing and our myriad forms of non-verbal practices and habits."

We've also attached a number of recommended resources from Ryan on thinking through worship and liturgy as well as a number of other books and apps at the bottom of the notes attached below.

If you'd like to contact Ryan, you may email him here.