What is it to be salt and light?
Ed: Christine, we are thrilled that you are going to begin our Evangelism and Leadership Graduate School Program this summer and that you would like other Propel women to join you. Personally, why did you decide to enroll in our program?
Christine: For many years, I’ve wanted to do this. When I was in Bible school nearly 30 years ago, I remember reading something from Billy Graham. He wrote that one thing he had wished was that he had spent more time studying. For the last 30 years, I’ve been on the road full-time. I’ve had the privilege and the honor to be across every stream of Christianity in over 60 countries around the world, and have seen God do amazing things.
I’m 50, and I knew that when I hit 50 I would be thinking more about legacy rather than how much I am doing today. At some point, this body is going to go. The world has changed so much even in the 30 years that I’ve been in full-time ministry. If I am going to be able to speak into the next generation, then I need to understand theologically some of the things this generation is wrestling with culturally.
If I don’t do this, I’m going to become irrelevant. Perhaps I will be saying the right thing, but I may say it in a way that it’s no longer heard because I don’t really have the right language or theological understanding.
There are many issues today culturally that were not issues 30 years ago. I’ve watched the Church change, as she should, but I’ve watched attitudes to sin, repentance, and salvation take a sharp turn. I keep thinking that it all doesn’t feel right. I need to biblically understand why it’s not right and how to explain that in certain ways. And I need to be able to give a hope for the defense …