GREG LAFFERTY, PASTOR
TIM KELLER, PASTOR
Revelation 3:17-"Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' --- and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked ---."
http://ratherexposethem.blogspot.com/2013/02/willowdale-chapel-advised-by-tim-keller.html. Because Willowdale is "missional" minded as an "emerging church", its pastor trained at Rick Warren's Saddleback church, and its affinity for Tim Keller's Redeemer Church in New York City, with its Catholic contemplative leaning, neo-reformed, savvy, cutting edge high income young professional adherents, we were not surprised that Willowdale wasn't content to just coast along on its "merits".
Now, we discover that Willowdale is continuing down the unbiblical path of putting on a good face to garner the approval and admiration of the unregenerate world, calling it the "cultural mandate", which by itself is not found anywhere in the Bible, nor is it a command of God or Jesus Christ, but rather a convenient man-made invention to impress the money classes which call Willowdale their church home, and those in the upper social strata in the surrounding neighborhoods. This is an easy sell to folks who already live their "Christian" lives parading their success and wealth in sundry ways so as to impress and influence the lesser classes of Chester County, Pennsylvania, surrounding areas, workplaces, and vacation retreats. A veneer of nominal Christianity suits them just fine, hiding the secular humanist core.
This so-called "cultural mandate" fits perfectly with Tim Keller's "Faith & Work" and "Ei" initiatives, http://old.faithandwork.org/about_ei_page2884.php, described as follows:
"The Entrepreneurship Initiative (EI) was created to encourage and support entrepreneurs within our congregation who have a bold vision to start a new arts, for-profit, or not-for-profit venture that fosters shalom and brings about gospel-centered renewal to New York City and beyond. The initiative is now expanding as a movement beyond Redeemer, as churches in other cities join our Ei Forum and develop ways to serve entrepreneurs in their communities."
On the steering committee for Ei is:
Calvin was born and bred in New York City. He holds a B.A. from the University of Buffalo and an M.B.A. from NYU Stern School of Business. Calvin serves on the advisory board of Hope for New York and on the Dean’s Advisory Council of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Buffalo. He is also an adjunct professor of corporate finance at The King’s College. Calvin lives with his wife, Amy, and two daughters in Westchester
Before joining the Center for Faith & Work, Calvin worked in the finance industry for seventeen years. Most recently, he was a director in the investment banking group of Burnham Securities. He also gained investment advisory experience at Chase Manhattan and Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., where he managed relationships with high net worth individuals. Calvin holds a B.A. from the University of Buffalo and an M.B.A. from NYU Stern School of Business. Calvin serves on the advisory board of Hope for New York and on the College of Arts & Sciences Dean’s Advisory Council at the University of Buffalo.
http://www.willowdalechapel.org/index.php?pID=491, wherein Chin maligns the traditional biblical concentration on gospel preaching and salvation.
Chin was also interviewed here:
May 24, 2013 @ 1:35 pm
A little bit of faith in Tech New York
The Bells started questioning their assumptions about the Bible itself–discovering the Bible as a human product,” as Rob puts it, rather than the product of divine fiat. “The Bible is still in the center for us,” Rob says, “but it’s a different kind of center. We want to embrace mystery, rather than conquer it.”
“I grew up thinking that we’ve figured out the Bible,” Kristen says, “that we knew what it means. Now I have no idea what most of it means. And yet I feel like life is big again–like life used to be black and white, and now it’s in color…”
The Bells, who flourished at evangelical institutions from Wheaton to Fuller Theological Seminary to Grand Rapids’s Calvary Church before starting Mars Hill,…[felt] that very world, as the Bells tell it, became constricting–in Kristen’s phrase, “black and white…”
And how did the Bells find their way out of the black-and-white world where they had been so successful and so dissatisfied? “Our lifeboat,” Kristen says, “was A New Kind of Christian [by Brian McLaren].” (Online source, emphasis mine)."