Paul Brandeis Raushenbush —
Occupying the Gospel

Paul Brandeis Raushenbush opens up a hidden but possibly re-emerging influence in the DNA of American Christianity, reaching back to the Social Gospel movement at the turn of the 20th century. And, the Huffington Post religion editor shares what he's learning about religion in this century's evolving realm of technology.

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is the senior religion editor for the Huffington Post and editor of the 100th anniversary edition of Walter Rauschenbusch's book, Christianity and the Social Crisis — In the 21st Century.

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I found Raushenbush's conversation to be informative and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed the few minutes they took to speak about religion's impact on the human, the power that it has over us. Raushenbush said that it is religion that prevents us from doing things like picking up a gun, or bullying or other immoral things. This made me think of the issue of virtue, and whether it comes from within, or if it is something we learn. However, the part nearer to the end about putting things into perspective is what I was blessed by most.

I had already been pondering those ideas before listening to the broadcast. In our individual lives, there's so much we can get upset about or concerned about, which at the end of the day, mean nothing. Raushenbush made it clear that there is a bigger picture — God's kingdom. I love bringing myself back to a place of peace (when I'm anxious about a bill or an event, etc…) when I remind myself that it doesn't really matter, the bigger picture is God's purpose and what he is accomplishing. His will being done on earth as it is in heaven.

Just wanted to thank you for this week's interview with Paul Brandeis Raushenbush. I was raised evangelical and recognized "Rauschenbusch" in the blurb for the podcast as one of the thinkers I was told to approach with suspicion in my theology classes at a prominent evangelical college. My concern for the here-and-now issues of justice that has led me to feel more at home in mainline Protestant churches (including Riverside when I lived in NYC) as a young adult.

The conversation between Paul and Krista gave me new energy to engage in conversations about faith and social implications of the Gospel, particularly with the many people I love who still identify strongly as evangelicals. Thanks for this!

Understanding Religious beliefs of people, who converse with us, is more important than insisting that they understand my beliefs. Applaud the ties that bind others to their religion and appreciate the richness God has given to the world in our abilities to live together in peace and harmony.

Understanding Religious beliefs of people, who converse with us, is more important than insisting that they understand my beliefs. Applaud the ties that bind others to their religion and appreciate the richness God has given to the world in our abilities to live together in peace and harmony.

Just wanted to thank you for this weeks' interview with Paul Brandeis Raushenbush. I was raised evangelical and recognized "Raushenbush" in the blurb for the podcast as one of the thinkers I was told to approach with suspicion in my theology classes at a prominent evangelical college. My concern for the here-and-now issues of justice that has led me to feel more at home in mainline Protestant churches (including Riverside when I lived in NYC)as a young adult. The conversation between Paul and Krista gave me knew energy to engage in conversations about faith and social implications of the Gospel, particularly with the many people I love who still identify strongly as evangelicals. Thanks for this!

I found Raushenbush's conversation with Tipping to be informative and interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed the few minutes they took to speak about Religion's impact on the human, the power that it has over us. Raushenbush said that it is religion that prevents us from doing things like picking up a gun, or bullying or other immoral things. This made me think of the issue of virtue, and whether it comes from within, or if it is something we learn. However, the part nearer to the end about putting things into perspective is what I was blessed by most. I had already been pondering those ideas before listening to the broadcast. In our individual lives, there's so much we can get upset about or concerned about, which at the end of the day, mean nothing. Raushenbush made it clear that there is a bigger picture - God's kingdom. I love bringing myself back to a place of peace (when I'm anxious about a bill or an event, etc) when I remind myself that it doesn't really matter, the bigger picture is God's purpose and what He is accomplishing. His will being done on earth as it is in heaven.

WHAT DID THE FIRST CHRISTIANS BELIEVE?

THE CHURCH OF CHRIST HAD ITS BEGINNING ON THE DAY OF PENTECOST 33 A.D.. WHAT BELIEFS AND ACTIONS DID THE THREE THOUSAND CONVERTS TO CHRIST HAVE IN COMMON? DID GOD APPROVE OF EVOLVING BELIEFS, DIFFERENT REQUIREMENTS FOR SALVATION? IF THAT WERE TRUE, THEN WOULD IT NOT BE FOUND IN THE NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES?

Acts 2:41 So then, those who received his word were baptized; and there were added about three thousand souls. Acts 2:47....And the Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved.

All three thousand believed the apostle Peter's message and were baptized in water. Then they were added to the Lord's church by the Lord Himself. The Lord did not add the unsaved to His church. They had to believe and be baptized in water prior to being added to the body of Christ.

1. Acts 2:22 Men of Israel, listen to these words: Jesus the Nazarene, a man attested to you by God with miracles and wonders and signs which God performed through Him in your midst, just as you yourselves know---

All three thousand believed Jesus was a miracle worker.

2. Acts 2:31-32 he looked ahead and spoke of the resurrection of the Christ, that He was neither abandoned to Hades, nor did His flesh suffer decay. 32 This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses.

All three thousand believed in the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

3. Acts 2:36 Therefore let all the house of Israel know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ---this Jesus whom you crucified."

All three thousand believed that Jesus was Lord and Christ.

4. Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, "Repent, and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

All three thousand repented in order to have sins forgiven. (repentance meant that they made the commitment to turn from their unbelief and sinful lifestyle and turn toward God).

All three thousand were baptized in water in order to have their sins forgiven.

All three thousand received the indwelling gift of the Holy Spirit after they believed, repented, and were baptized in water.

5. Acts 2:40 And with many other words he solemnly testified and kept on exhorting them, "Be saved from this perverse generation!"

All three thousand were saved after they believed Peter's message: They believed, repented, confessed, and were baptized in water. (Mark 16:16, John 3:16, Acts 3:19, Acts 2:38, Romans 10:9-10, Acts 8:35-38) THEN THEY WERE ADDED TO THE LORD'S CHURCH! (Acts 2:47)

WHAT THINGS DID PETER NOT PREACH AND WHAT THINGS DID THE THREE THOUSAND NOT BELIEVE.

1.Peter did not preach that men were saved by grace alone.

2.Peter did not preach that men were saved by faith only

3.Peter did not preach that God had selected a few to be saved and that all others would go to hell.

4. Peter did not preach that water baptism was not essential to salvation.

5. Peter did not preach that Jesus was just one of many Saviors.

6. Peter did not preach that once you were saved, that you could continue in a sinful lifestyle and still be saved.

7. Peter did not preach that God did not have the power to give us an inerrant translation of the Scriptures.

8. Peter did not preach that God would provide hundreds or thousands of different Christian denominations, and that they would teach different ways of being saved.

9. Peter did preach that you had to speak in tongues as evidence that you were saved.

AS BELIEVERS IN CHRIST, MEN SHOULD USE THE BIBLE AS THEIR GUIDE FOR SALVATION. Looking to man-made creed books, Bible commentaries, denominational statements of faith, and church catechisms, is looking in all the wrong places for the absolute truth!

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Posted by Steve Finnell at 5:35 AM