Today we spoke with Bruce Ashford about his book: Every Square Inch: An Introduction to Cultural Engagement for Christians. Bruce shared about how the resurrection should change the way we view our jobs and callings.
1) You took the title of your book from Abraham Kuyper's famous statement. To what extent has Kuyper influenced your view of cultural engagement?
Kuyper has been very influential. In 1998, at the age of 24, I left the United States for the first time in order to teach at a university in Russia. I was living in a cultural context that had been almost entirely devoid of evangelical gospel influence for generations. Conversations with many of my students revealed a deep skepticism about whether or not God existed, whether life had any meaning, and whether there are any moral absolutes.
During this time, I began to read books on Christianity and culture written by a variety of Christian thinkers. Though I’ve read it or heard it quoted hundreds of times, I am ...1