Sunday, May 11, 2008

Campus Crusade in the Orlando Sentinel

Today's edition of the Orlando Sentinel has a nice little article about Campus Crusade for Christ and our increased emphasis on addressing issues of social justice and poverty, along with our historical priority given to evangelism. The shift in thinking goes along with a cultural shift among young evangelicals that verbal proclamation of the Gospel continues to be vitally important, but does meeting the physical and tangible needs of the disadvantaged, poor and hurting. There have been many within our organization, namely with Here's Life Inner City and The Impact Movement, that have called for this type of shift for some time and it is encouraging to see this happening on a broader scale.

A snippet from the article...
John Turner, author of a new book, Bill Bright & Campus Crusade for Christ: The Renewal of Evangelicalism in Postwar America, said this, "Crusade has always adapted quickly to changes in student culture. When campus culture changed dramatically in the late 1960s, staff members talked about Jesus as a 'revolutionary' and tapped into the activist ethos of the era. When the activism subsided, they invited students to seminars on time management and effective study techniques. In short, Crusade has always used evolving hooks to get students to listen to its message about Jesus," he said. "Christian students and young staff members may still be theologically conservative and committed to evangelism, but they're much more progressive on issues like the environment and poverty."
The piece was written by Mark Pinsky, a religion writer for the Sentinel, and you can read the full text here.

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