You Need to Read This

My brother Jason Stellman has now written what I think is the very best article on the Strategic Plan available. Read it. He gets at the fundamental problems of how the SP views the church versus how we need to view the church.


  1. August 24, 2010 at 7:45 am


    I couldn’t agree more with your assessment. I just posted a blog in response to Jason’s essay, at Your comments as well as those of others are welcomed. Let’s keep a civil dialog going.

  2. Robert Berman said,

    August 30, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    Jason refers to his post as a “rant.” He’s probably at least partly tongue-in-cheek, but he’s at least partly correct as well; his essay is more cheerleading for the already convinced than a reasoned argument intended to sway those who don’t already agree. One of the hallmarks of civil dialogue is the ability to describe your interlocutor’s position in terms agreeable to him. “We’re the ones who care about what Jesus thinks, and you’re the ones who care about what the world thinks” doesn’t strike me as an entry in civil dialogue. It’s as unhelpful as, “No, we’re the ones who believe God changes hearts, and you’re the ones who don’t take the Great Commission seriously” would be coming from the other direction.

    I love the focus on the ordinary means of grace embodied in Rev. Payne’s proposal, and wholeheartedly adopted by the Assembly. I also love discussion on how we can more effectively work together. I look forward to more ideas from both sides how we can be fully faithful to our Lord.

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