I am writing this as someone committed to the local church and the local church’s role in world evangelism.
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Two hundred and fifty Presidents and Academic Deans (PAD) representing theological schools from 53 nations gathered at the Doxa Deo Church in Pretoria, South Africa, July 1-3, 1997 to consider ways in which the schools they lead can further the goal of “a church for every people and the gospel for every person.”
The following response is from Paul Paul McKaughan of EFMA: Evangelical Fellowship of Mission Agencies
This article is a response to the article “Biblical Holism and Secular Thought in Christian Development,” by Joel Matthews (July, 1999)
Secular development. At the very heart of the secular concept of human development is the belief in a better future world. The road to material well-being follows either the capitalist or the socialist route. These two basic views, both of which are economic theories, have not been challenged for at least 100 years.