The Weekly Amen is a list of articles, videos, and other resources that I’ve recognized as content we want to “Amen”. This content will come from various platforms and highlight various perspectives on topics that affect the Church’s collective witness and contributes to influencing our emphasis on the Great Commission here at the CGCS.
While Spurgeon is recognized to this day as one of the greatest preachers of all time, we often don’t acknowledge the counter-cultural convictions that the Gospel he preached produced in him. In a time of where the heinous nature of the African slave trade was common, Spurgeon rejected this and all those Christians who supported it. This article points to the shameful reality of how the beloved “Prince of Preachers” in England would have been treated amongst his brothers and sisters in Christ in America.
Build houses, plant gardens, establish homes. How do the familiar words of the prophet Jeremiah affect how we see our mission in the cities we live? We are citizens of another city to come and John Piper encourages us to be distinct but get involved with Gospel intentions.
With much talk in the American church of today emphasizing the need for diversity, could our conversations be too shallow? The desire for diversity has to go beyond wanting various ethnicities in your churches. Keelan Cook addresses this interesting nuance of the “diversity” and multiethnic church discussions.
I have had the privilege of doing ministry with Dhati Lewis for over 6 years at Blueprint Church. I can affirm that if this book captures who he is as man and disciple-maker than its worth the read and taking head to the challenge to make disciples I know is the thrust of this book. Here is a short summary:
“How do we turn passive participants into active disciple makers in an ever changing urban context? We have reduced Christianity to concerts, conferences, and church services. We are surrounded by passive participants of Christianity, content to soak in information without any intent to make disciples. But the question remains: how do we turn passive participants into active disciple makers in an ever changing urban context? Among Wolves seeks to help us move to obedience to the call of Christ to labor among wolves. You will walk through eight significant movements in the book of Matthew, beginning with Jesus establishing His presence with us, to him mobilizing an army to go and make disciples of all nations. As we follow Jesus’ patterns and teachings in Matthew, you will be equipped to establish a thriving disciple making culture in your context as your burden to see your city reached moves toward reality.”
Courtlandt Perkins is a Masters of Divinity student at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, with an emphasis on Preaching and Pastoral Ministry. Courtlandt and his wife live in North Carolina where he also serves with Kingdom Diversity at Southeastern. He is passionate about making disciples and has aspirations to pastor full time in the future.