How far do we go to connect with our culture? Can we "sell" the Gospel like the world sells soft drinks? Where are the boundaries? The church today is walking a tightrope. On the one hand, we need to proclaim, and, perhaps more importantly, live the Gospel in such a way that it connects with both seekers and younger people looking for community and authenticity. Yet at what point does this fall into "feel good" ministry at the expense of biblical truth? These are issues that God's people are now beginning to wrestle with. Elmer Towns and Edward Stetzer provide an intergenerational perspective that sheds biblical light on some tough challenges facing the church.
ELMER TOWNS (Northwestern College; Southern Methodist University; Dallas Theological Seminary; Garrett Theological Seminary; Fuller Theological Seminary) is a Vice President and Dean of the School of Religion at Liberty University, which he co-founded with Jerry Falwell in 1971. He is the editor of two encyclopedias and author of more than 50 popular and scholarly works, including the 1995 Gold Medallion winner and Book of the Year, The Names of the Holy Spirit. He and his wife of over 50 years, Ruth, have three children and ten grandchildren and live in Forest, Virginia.
ED STETZER holds two masters degrees and two doctorates and is currently the Director of Lifeway Research and Lifeway's Missiologist in Residence. He previously directed the Nehemiah Project of the North American Mission Board. He has trained pastors and church planters on five continents and has planted churches in New York and Pennsylvania. He also served as a professor at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he received his second doctorate, as well as at 10 other seminaries. He is the author of a number of books including Planting New Churches in a Postmodern Age and co-author of Perimeters of Light: Biblical Boundaries for the Emerging Church. Stetzer lives in Cumming, Georgia, with his wife, Donna, and two daughters.