I begin my book, Wasted Evangelism,
Whenever someone attempts to redefine terms like “gospel” or “evangelism,” one must tread carefully for hallowed ground is being disturbed and sacred pillars are being moved.
I am fully aware, with my book and with this site, that I have entered a debate on the subject of evangelism and social action that has a history of polarizing positions, in which relationships can become strained or, all too often, severed. I recognize that I have made conclusions in Wasted Evangelism and will promote, even advocate, for positions, actions, and outcomes here on this site that will make many within my conservative and evangelical Christian family uncomfortable. My hope is, nonetheless, that the studies in Wasted Evangelism (for those willing to plough through its 6 studies) will cause many to dig deeper into the text, specifically the Gospel of Mark, to hear what the Bible says about the relationship between the gospel, evangelism, and social action. And, that the content of this site will provoke Christians and the Christian community to take up social action as a means to illustrate and realize that God’s kingdom has broken into time and space through the appearing of his Son, Jesus, the Messiah.
The purpose of this site and the principles behind Wasted Evangelism is to connect Christians and churches . . .
Chip M. Anderson, advocate for biblical social action; pastor of an urban church plant in the Hill neighborhood of New Haven, CT; husband, father, author, former Greek & NT professor; and, 19 years involved with social action.