“When theology is not held on course by the demands of evangelistic communication, it grows abstract and speculative, wayward in method, theoretical in interest and irresponsible in stance.”
J.I. Packer (Thanks to Brother Al for the quote www.faithvan.com)
This is the problem of the ingrown church. The Gospel is treasured and hoarded. The typical Reformed church is focused on orthodoxy of message. The typical Emergent/Emerging/PoMo church is focused on orthodoxy of mission. They use the D.L. Moody comeback: I like the way I'm doing it wrong, better than the way you're not doing it at all. Touche! Like Meg Ryan's character in Joe Versus the Volcano "I have no response to that."
In our church and presbytery, we're trying to keep orthodoxy of mission and message together. We're wrestling with a faithfulness to our triune God in a three-pronged pursuit: UPREACH, INREACH, and OUTREACH. Some have argued that we spend 95% of time in UPREACH and INREACH and 5% in OUTREACH. Would we be a faithful church if we spent 95% in OUTREACH? These are practical, theological, and philosophical issues. These are issues of time, stewardship, compassion, integrity, church discipline, fellowship, orthodox worship, orthopractic living, and all of this in a doxological unity SOLI DEO GLORIA!
Pray for the church!! Pray for the presbyters who are focusing and working towards "home missions" with a focus on revitalizing old, ingrown churches and planting new sustainable, biblical, missional churches!!