Missional Church or New Monasticism?

Wednesday, 02 Mar 2011

Disciples are first of all those who gladly hear and embrace the indicative to which I have already referred. Like Mary Magdalene, they cherish every word from their Savior's lips and will drop everything that they are doing whenever they can learn from him'and then, as forgiven and renewed creatures, they bring their loving witness and good deeds to others.... When you are already justified, there is nowhere for your good works to go except out to your neighbors. God doesn't need them, Luther famously observed, but your neighbor does.
Some of us remember the Tears for Fears song, "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." Yet the mantra today is more about changing the world than ruling it. Lots of younger Christians are tired of spiritual consumerism and evangelism pitches about inviting Jesus into your heart so you can go to heaven when you die. There has to be more to Christianity than "soul-saving." Isn't there something in there about "the resurrection of the body and the life everlasting"? About a new creation? Don't we sing "Joy to the World,&...

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