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Quotable - Does Christianity Ignore Over 90% of our Life?

“How can anyone remain interested in a religion which seems to have no concern with nine-tenths of his life?” asks British author and Christian apologist Dorothy Sayers. About 2,000 people who regularly attend church and who call themselves Christians were asked, “Have you ever in your life heard a sermon, read a book, listened to a tape, or been to a seminar that applied biblical principles to everyday work issues?”

More than ninety percent of those surveyed said they never had.

These insights along with many others can be found in Ken Eldred's upcoming book, expected to release later this year. While you're waiting for the new release, be sure to check out his wildly popular book, God is at Work.

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posted by Justin Forman | 2.03.2009 - 10:00 PM

4 Comments:

As a Christian speaker and writer I must say that ultimate failure would be that my words have no relevance in the main area of my audience's life. And yes,I have felt this in many venues. Thankfully I now sit under a preacher that gets me right where I live!
commented by Blogger Kay Martin, 7:42 AM  

It depends on the pastor, and the church but yes I am not surprised at the stats. Its an interesting balance but there seems to be a perception that if we just focus on Jesus and the cross that everything else will work out.

Now this does not take into account 95% of the Bible but in our reductionist rationality, we must focus on the most important things right?
commented by Blogger Daniel, 10:28 AM  

No doubt there's room for including more teaching specifically about work ... but I am unsure of what the solution is. Messages on conflict, integrity, worry and anxiety, finances, wisdom, authority, etc ... these might not specifically be about the workplace, but isn't the burden also on us to translate what we learn from the Bible to the specific areas of our own life. I don't know if the pastor can preach just on employee/employer relationships or how to fill out the best reports.

I think the challenge to pastors and teachers would be to communicate the importance of the marketplace in all the messages instead of singling it out in a message series. It's like missions -- the DNA of missions will be better received if every sermon has a missional tone and the church doesn't just get one missions message per year.
commented by Blogger Brian Mosley, 5:06 PM  

Is the issue really about spoonfeeding "relevancy" to the critical mass in the pews? "Marketplace" ministry and all its derivatives -- faith and work; faith and culture; bivocational ministry, et al. -- places such a premium on myopic hermeneutics that we seem to miss the boat entirely.

Why not focus more on proper Bibligal exegesis history, theology, philosophy and aesthetics and let the layman use their tools of intellection to wrestle, meditate, work out and apply? Seems to me that marketplace ministry has become code for protestant capitalism.
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