Ed Stetzer, Ph.D., holds the Billy Graham Chair of Church, Mission, and Evangelism at Wheaton College and serves as Executive Director of the Billy Graham Center for Evangelism. He has planted, revitalized, and pastored churches, trained pastors and church planters on six continents, holds two masters degrees and two doctorates, and has written dozens of articles and books.
Key Questions for Ed Stetzer:
– How engaged in politics should pastors be with their congregations?
– What do you say as a pastor when someone presses you on a political issue?
– How do you think the church should navigate this divisiveness?[SUBSCRIBE] For more ChurchLeaders podcasts click here!
Key Quotes from Ed Stetzer:
“We find ourselves in outrage and an outrage culture.”
“Don’t say things that convince the women in your church–and it’s not just the women–that you’re going to easily dismiss sexual abuse allegations, and furthermore, make sure people don’t think you don’t care about due process.”
“Jesus didn’t call you to be a politician–he’s called you to be a pastor.”
“Don’t be all in on anyone but Jesus. Because Jesus is not coming back on Air Force One. And when he comes back, he’s not going to be riding a donkey or an elephant.”
“Tribalism causes us to only say the critiques that people in our tribe will agree with.”
“Christians don’t need to be co-opted by culture in such a way they can’t speak prophetically…to both democrats and republicans.”
“[Some Christians] are being discipled—literally—by their cable news channel.”
“People are far more connected to their cable news channel and to their social media community than they are being shaped by the word of God.”
“Christians are too quick to believe lies about things in culture today. We’ve got to be more mature; we’ve got to disciple our minds…”
“I think right now people are clinging to the idol of greater power.”
“We [need] to not see political power as the end goal of the Christian faith.”
Links Mentioned by Ed Stetzer in the Show:
Christians in the Age of Outrage by Ed Stetzer
God of Tomorrow by Caleb Kaltenbach