E.M. Bounds wrote: “People are God’s method. The church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better people.” The church today is a far cry from this clarion call for godly people. We have turned everything on its head. By establishing church growth and church life on the basis of self‑interest, churches become more concerned about methodology than godliness. This concentration on methodology reinforces our privatized faith and increases the casualties of our individualism. [From my Destroying Our Private Cities.]
E.M. Bounds, Power through Prayer, ed. Penelope J. Stokes (Minneapolis: World Wide Publications, 1989), 13.
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.