An Antinomist’s Perspective on Life in the SBC

Dave Miller’s post the other day got my mind to working, and conjured up an image that I am going to try to describe to you in this post, which could also be titled “Calvinism, Free Will, and Narnia: Redux,” as it picks up where I left off in another post I once wrote called […]

The Worst of “the Christian Right”

A recent article at The Christian Post entitled “Christian Leaders Call on Believers to be Less Rigid, Support Flawed Politicians” embodies what I consider to be the worst of what the political Christian Right has to offer. The setting of the article is the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Gaylord National Harbor […]

Eschatology and Religious Liberty

Q. What is the one thing that is not present in heaven (or in the millennium, or in the New Jerusalem, depending on your take on eschatology) that we can be thankful is still present with us here today on earth? A. Religious liberty. —————————————————————————————————————— “[The woman] gave birth to a male child, one who […]

A Biblical Evaluation of the Homogeneous Unit Principle, Part 5

This is Part 5 of a 5-part series. The other parts can be found here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4. CONCLUSION The lessons learned by many in diverse settings around the world have proven time and time again that racial and social reconciliation, even among those who have experienced the transformative power […]

A Biblical Evaluation of the Homogeneous Unit Principle, Part 4

THE PRACTICE OF UNITY Having established that racial and social unity is the theological ideal that should be manifested in the Church, we are still left with the thorny question of how to most effectively and edifyingly put into practice this ideal in the everyday contexts in which missionary and local church ministry take place. […]

A Biblical Evaluation of the Homogeneous Unit Principle, Part 3

Other Biblical and Theological Considerations In addition to one’s interpretation of the Great Commission, there are a number of other biblical and theological considerations that have a bearing on the legitimacy of the HUP as a missionary strategy. God’s Plan for Diversity and the Tower of Babel Proponents of the HUP argue that ethnic and […]

A Biblical Evaluation of the Homogeneous Unit Principle, Part 2

Editor: This is a continuation of the first post in what promises to be an excellent series. The first post can be found here.  Criticism of McGavran’s Understanding of the Great Commission Various critics, however, have found elements of McGavran’s exegesis of the Great Commission to be seriously flawed. The Meaning of Ethne First of […]

A Biblical Evaluation of the Homogeneous Unit Principle, Part 1

INTRODUCTION In 1955, Donald McGavran, in his groundbreaking book The Bridges of God, laid out many of the fundamental principles of what would later come to be known as the Church Growth Movement. Among these principles, the most controversial is the homogeneous unit principle (HUP).1 Though he articulated and defended the key ideas underlying it in The […]