Certainly not. Actually, we increase our debt every day. (Heidelberg Catechism, Q. 13)
"We are now living in a generation of African Americans who are significantly unchurched. For three centuries, the black church stood as the central institution of black life. Its relevance was unquestioned and its moral and spiritual capital unparalleled. Now, the church is largely viewed as irrelevant by vast numbers of mostly young African Americans, … Continue reading The Church’s Mission Is Heavenly, Not Earthly or Social
In a previous post I argued that we cannot "live out" or "display" the gospel. To assume that we can do that, I argued, confuses the biblical categories of law (what we are called to do) and gospel (what God has done to redeem us in Christ). The law gives us God's perfect rule of … Continue reading How God Displays the Gospel
Many Christians believe the maxim, attributed to Saint Francis of Assisi, that we should "preach the gospel at all times and when necessary, use words." The idea comes in many different forms (e.g., "our lives are the only Bibles many people may ever read; Christians should display the gospel to the world; we should live … Continue reading Can We Really Display the Gospel with Our Lives?