‘I Was Sick … I Was in Prison’

Karl Barth and Cornelius Van Til. The names represent two widely divergent theological/philosophical outlooks. Both men exerted strong influence on more than a generation through their teaching and writing.

And each had a pastor’s heart. (Dr. Van Til is alive and still has it.)

Every Sunday morning Professor Barth went to the Basel, Switzerland, jail to visit the prisoners and preach to them. He went from cell to cell.

Every Sunday afternoon Professor Van Til went to the Chestnut Hill. Pennsylvania, hospital to visit the sick and share the Gospel with them. He went from bed to bed.

Granted that this similarity does not erase the differences—many of them at the heart of Christian belief—between Van Til and Barth, I still find their shared sense of personal mission and responsibility an exciting thing.

I think it was Bishop Stephen Neill who suggested that the church’s theologians should be its evangelists, and its evangelists the church’s theologians.

It’s beautiful when the two are combined in one person.


Pilgrims of Stewardship

As usual I am way behind in reading your wonderful publication. I wanted to comment, however, on the excellent article “On Wealth and Stewardship” by Klaus Bockmühl (Current Religious Thought, June 23). God is teaching us concerning many areas that need correction and the subject dealt with in this article is probably one of the most needed. And the most difficult for us to bow to. If we could only live more like the pilgrims God says we are.


Minneapolis, Minn.

I read Klaus Bockmühl’s article several times. This is indeed an area in need of more attention and action. ...

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