Sunday, February 21, 2010

Here are the Nieubhrs

Michael Jinkins, dean and professor of pastoral theology at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas, recently asked on the blog of the Presbyterian Outlook, “Where are our Reinhold Niebuhrs today?"

Perhaps the Reinhold Niebuhrs of tomorrow are today serving small congregations of seventy, fifty or thirty members, preaching the Word day in and day out, doing their best to meet the spiritual needs of the church's members and the social-political needs of the church's neighborhood, town or city. They are speaking out against the growing economic disparity between the rich and poor in our country and between the overdeveloped and underdeveloped world. They are confronting racism, sexism, classism, ageism, and homophobia. And they are risking their pulpits and pocketbooks as they do so.

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