The Reasons Why I Blog, and Its Connection to An Online Church

The Publication of this Blog and the Reasons For Its Existence, or Why I Blog About the Bible and the Social Gospel

Minister Paul J Bern

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by Rev. Paul J. Bern

First, if you’re here for the very first time, welcome! I am absolutely delighted that you have come to join us. There are literally many hundreds of followers spread out all over the blogging world and on my new website located on “Google My Business”, which can be found right here. This blog is promoted by Rev. Paul J. Bern and the Social Gospel Worship and Learning Center. This ministry and on-line church have existed since 2015, and its headquarters is well located near the center of downtown Atlanta, GA.

So what is the Social Gospel, and why does it even matter? GotQuestions.org defines it this way: “Question: What is the social gospel? Answer: The phrase “social gospel” is usually used to describe a Protestant Christian intellectual movement that came to prominence in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Those who adhered to a social gospel sought to apply Christian ethics to social problems such as poverty, slums, poor nutrition and education, alcoholism, crime, and war. And Britannica defines it as follows: Social Gospel. Advocates of the movement interpreted the Kingdom of God as requiring social as well as individual salvation and sought the betterment of industrialized society through application of the Biblical principles of charity and justice. The Social Gospel was especially promulgated among leftist Protestant ministers.

When it comes to poverty and slums, Jesus said it best, “The poor you will always have, but you will not always have me” (Jesus said this shortly before he was crucified). In like manner he once remarked, “Foxes have holes in the ground and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head”. When it comes to war, Jesus taught us, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will will be called the Sons of God”.

Moreover, besides the teachings of Jesus Christ, the apostle James famously wrote, “Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the Word but does not do what it says is like a man looking at his face

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Minister Paul J Bern

Rev. Paul J. Bern is a Web pastor and blogger on The Social Gospel Blog on Medium and Substack. Longtime Atlanta Ga. resident; stroke survivor; piano player