Matthias Media have reproduced a couple of articles I wrote, one co-written with Tony Payne, for The Briefing on evangelism and social action. They are in turn adapted from my book Good News to the Poor.
As a taster, here are some quotes:
There is a strong biblical case for evangelical social involvement, and an equally strong case for maintaining the centrality of gospel proclamation in our activities.
Our concern for the poor and the oppressed cannot be limited to those with the covenant community.
We need to move beyond people’s felt needs. Nobody articulates God’s judgment as a felt need.
Our aim will always be that the poor are blessed in this life and for all eternity.
To bring the relationship between evangelism and social action into sharp focus, let us make three assertions: 1. Evangelism and social action are distinct activities. 2. Proclamation is central. 3. Evangelism and social action are inseparable.
Evangelism alone makes no sense at all when working among the poor.