Why is all our Christian education so ineffective?

By T.M. Moore - Posted at The Fellowship of Ailbe:


“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
- Matthew 5.16
Your learning should be visible to all, and not hidden like a candle under a bushel.
- The Rule of Carthage, Irish, 7th century
Contemporary American Christians are the most Christian-educated generation of believers the world has ever known.

Or, at least, they ought to be.

Think about it: We have more sermons, Sunday school classes, Bible study groups, Christians schools and colleges, Bible curricula, books and DVDs, radio and television programs, blogs and newsletters, and assorted other educational paraphernalia and opportunities than – I’d just about bet – all previous generations of American Christians combined.

We have more people in classes, more students in seminaries, more churches and pastors, more Bibles, and more Bible study materials than all the cumulative generations who have gone before.

And yet, every year the American Church drifts further and further onto the margins of society, with less and less evidence that all our “learning” is amounting to anything like real discipleship.

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