Episode 33: Stop Trying to Change the World

Jason Micheli —  September 8, 2016 — 2 Comments

Crackers & Grape Juice Silhouette Tagline InvertedEric Clapton may to change the world, but Jesus doesn’t call Christians to do so.

According to John Nugent, Social Justice Christians and Heaven Obsessed Christians both get the Gospel wrong. We’re not called to give people Jesus so they can leave this place when they die nor are we supposed to roll up our sleeves and make this world a better. Instead, argues Nugent, Christians are not to make the world a better place. Rather, we’re called to be the better place God through Christ has made possible.
I really enjoyed my conversation with John about his new book Endangered Gospel: How Fixing the World is Killing the Church. Try this quote on for size: “The most dangerous religion is not Islam nor is it Atheism but it is a form of Christianity that uses Jesus’ name to keep people happy but doesn’t call them into a community that displays God’s Kingdom. 

Be on the lookout for future episodes. We’ve Rob Bell scheduled for an interview this week and we’ve got a couple of episodes with David Bentley Hart in the queue waiting for editing.

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2 responses to Episode 33: Stop Trying to Change the World

  1. I was thrilled to hear the name Emmanuel School of Religion at the episode’s outset. I didn’t know John well, but we were students during roughly the same years there, and I also did a Master’s degree in Old Testament before I changed gears and pursued graduate studies in English.

    Good interview overall–I know a lot of us who came through East Tennessee have strong connections to the Duke Divinity crew intellectually. Some, like John, actually studied with them, but even though I’ve never set foot in Durham, I’ve definitely benefited from the work of Steinmetz and Hauerwas and Hays over the years.

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