Dr. David Platt has written an excellent piece on Time‘s Belief Blog entitled, “Why My Church Rebelled against the American Dream.” In it, Dr. Platt describes how and why his church (the Church at Brook Hills in Birmingham, Alabama) gave away its entire surplus fund ($500,000!) through partnerships with churches in India, trimmed another $1.5 million from its budget and used the savings to build wells, improve education, provide medical care and share the gospel in impoverished places around the world, and why hundreds of church members have gone overseas temporarily and/or permanently to serve in such places.
Christianity is not first about doctrine or dogma, it is about service (specifically, social justice). Until we get the service part down, our doctrine is worthless.
HT: Rich Little