Save Souls or Feed the Poor? Archives

By Bill Hybels I post my final response for this exchange with a tinge of sadness. I have never met Paul, but I find him to be a kindred spirit—albeit a much smarter and more well-read one. His recent point …Read More

This has been a remarkably encouraging conversation. I thank Rev. Hybels for his generosity of spirit and enlightening responses. My final question for Rev. Hybels has to do with how sin and redemption function within our social lives. Sin is …Read More

By Bill Hybels I sincerely wish that I could have met Pastor Walter Rauschenbusch when he was alive. He sounds like someone who walked the talk, catalyzing whatever action was necessary to meet the holistic needs of those he served. …Read More

By Paul Raushenbush It is encouraging to read Pastor Hybels’ post. We appear to agree that the Gospel encompasses both a concern for the soul and for transforming the material existence of the poor. I became eager to attend his …Read More

By Bill Hybels Pastor Raushenbush was right in predicting that he and I would feel essentially the same way on the Sandwich/Jesus issue. Stretching the metaphor a bit, I would add that the acid test for whether a person has …Read More

By Paul Raushenbush “Anyone can give a hungry person a sandwich. We have to give them Jesus.” This statement by a conservative evangelical got me thinking of this online conversation with Rev. Hybels as the “Jesus vs. Sandwich” debate. I …Read More

The Rev. Paul B. Raushenbush is the Associate Dean of Religious Life and the Chapel at Princeton University and former editor at Beliefnet. He recently edited the 100th anniversary edition of Christianity and the Social Crisis in the 21st Century, …Read More

Bill Hybels is the founding and senior pastor of the 20,000-member Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington, Ill. He is the best-selling author of more than twenty books, including Holy Discontent, The Volunteer Revolution, and Becoming a Contagious Christian.