While critics of Andy Stanley believe he has given up on the authority of the Bible, Stanley is quick to counter that he affirms the inerrancy of the Bible. Rather, he believes that the authority of the Bible has no weight in outreach to younger generations, much like an appeal to the authority of the Quran has no weight for most Americans today. Stanley noted that the Christian faith must appeal to something more than the historicity of the Bible.
Why this story matters for church leaders:
Each generation’s assumptions about God and religion will vary, and so the way we communicate timeless truth may need to change.
- Context vs. hyperbole: Andy Stanley communicated his message with some hyperbole, but in the context, he hoped that his point was clear. Did he succeed?
- Authority? Biblical authority doesn’t connect with today’s generations, especially the unaffiliated. How can leaders reach out to teens who don’t see the Bible in the same way?
- Proving a Point: Did the reaction to Stanley’s comments reveal a large gap between generations or theological camps?
What does it look like to be relevant in today’s culture while still being prophetic and committed to the Bible?
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