Other-worldly witness

Evangelicals who have a one-dimensional view of the mission of the church are criticized roundly by non-evangelicals and by those evangelicals who declare that social action is an integral component of the gospel. This result springs from the failure to distinguish with care the difference between the mission of the church, which is world evangelization, and the work of individual Christians, who have a twofold relationship as members of the Kingdom of God and of Caesar’s kingdom. Jesus declared that His kingdom is not of this world, and the church, which is in the world and sent to witness to the world, is not of the world.

—Harold Lindsell in

The New Paganism

The “religious” bit

Along with much bad thinking that has come down to us from the last four hundred years, goes split living.… People who live compartmentalized lives worship God and go to church and do their “religious” bit on Sundays; then they switch that off and pursue their professions, weekday work, weekend hobbies, and all their relationships as though these were matters entirely separate from their Christian commitment. They don’t even try to see their lives as a whole in terms of God and his Word. Instead they slip into their religious compartment on Sundays and their secular compartment on the other days of the week and allow no communication between the two.

J. I. Packer in

Your Father Loves You

Still a sinner

There is something terribly right about … realizing that our struggle with sin is in many ways similar to an alcoholic’s struggle with drinking. It’s never over.

How often I find myself talking about sin in the past tense as if being ...

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