Ron Sider - Inviting Us Back Center

Kara Powell | Mar 14, 2011

One of my life mantras is that balance is something we swing through on our way to the other extreme. I thought of that mantra as I read Ron Siders An Open Letter to This Generation in this months Relevant magazine.

Sider, a respected justice advocate for the last few decades, seems concerned that we have lost some of our core orthodoxy and orthopraxis. His four questions to this generation are:

  1. Are you in danger of neglecting evangelism in your passion for social justice?
  2. Are you in danger of abandoning an affirmation of moral and intellectual truth?
  3. Will you honor your marriage vows?
  4. As you seek to respect the dignity of gay/lesbian people, have you wrestled carefully with the Churchs teaching on homosexuality?

This article is worth reading and then thinking about. I found myself re-asking questions about universal truth, proclamation evangelism, and a grace-filled and theologically grounded approach to homosexuality as a result. How about you? Do you think we’re well-intentioned but we’ve gone a bit too extreme?

Kara Powell

Dr. Kara Powell is the Executive Director of the Fuller Youth Institute (FYI), a faculty member at Fuller Theological Seminary, and Fuller's Chief of Leadership Formation. Named by Christianity Today as one of “50 Women You Should Know,” Kara serves as a Youth and Family Strategist for Orange, and also speaks regularly at parenting and leadership conferences. Kara is the author or coauthor of a number of books, including Growing Young, Growing With, The Sticky Faith Guide for Your Family, Sticky Faith Curriculum, Can I Ask That?, Deep Justice Journeys, Deep Justice in a Broken World, Deep Ministry in a Shallow World, and the Good Sex Youth Ministry Curriculum. Kara lives with her husband Dave and their three children, Nathan, Krista, and Jessica, in Southern California.


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