Wednesday, June 16

And one more point about Call to Action

Yes, I know.   ><

The Call to Action has no theological or scriptural underpinnings.  Bill Mefford does a great job extrapolating this in his blog:  Call to Action NOT Call to Mission.  Here's the beginning:

I remember being graded for my first sermon in my preaching class at Asbury Seminary. It was unnerving to say the least, but yet I felt good about what I wanted to say. I felt so good about what I wanted to say, that I had my sermon planned out even before I found a Scriptural passage to preach from. One of the primary lessons our preaching professor taught us was that the power of our sermons were found in the lessons gleaned exegetically from the biblical text itself, even more so than our delivery or tricks of the trade we might pick up. Still, I felt so confident in the points in my sermon that I started with them and then found a text to support them. I thought I had covered up for my exegetical transgressions, but somehow my professor immediately identified it and I was nailed. I quickly learned that planning out a sermon before exegeting the biblical text from which the sermon is to be based reduces the transformative power of a sermon to mere human persuasion that can be easily discarded.

Sadly, the lesson I learned in seminary long ago is one yet to be learned by those who wrote the Call to Action. While containing some good ideas (and others decidedly not good at all such as charging fees for ministries like justice), the Call to Action contains almost no theological or biblical basis. It is a poor sermon with almost no chance at transformation.

1 Comment

  • WOW–nuff said. With no Biblical basis, the whole Call to Action needs to be washed clean and hung out to dry under God’s sun–in other words, light from scripture needs to be prayerfully sought and walked in for a good long time before that particular piece of organizational clothing is brought back inside the UMC!

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