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Keeping It Real - Lived Theology
modern forms of specialized education there is a
tendency to lose the whole in the parts, and in this
sense we can say that our generation produces few truly
educated people. True education means thinking by
associating across the various disciplines, and not just
being highly qualified in one field, as a technician
might be. I suppose no discipline has tended to think
more in fragmented fashion than the orthodox or
evangelical theology of today. Those standing in the
stream of historic Christianity have been especially
slow to understand the relationships between various
areas of thought. When the apostle warned us to keep
[ourselves] unspotted from the world, he was not talking
of some abstraction. If the Christian is to apply this
injunction to himself, he must understand what confronts
him antagonistically in his own moment of history.
Otherwise he simply becomes a useless museum piece and
not a living warrior for Jesus Christ."
Francis A. Schaeffer - The God Who Is There
Nothing is more antagonistic to Christians living in the
west than the racism and classism of our age save
perhaps abortion. These more
than any other issue are in direct conflict with the
Gospel being proclaimed as "good news for all people".
If we do not confront this terrible antagonist...then
how indeed shall we sing a new song.
"And they sang a new song,
saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and to
break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased
for God with Your blood men from every tribe and
tongue and people and nation."
will find articles, links and other resources on what it
means to be a community Church, engage the
culture (not create a sub-culture) and live the
commandment "to love your neighbor as yourself".
Eight components of Christian Community Development