"By remaining faithful to its original commission,
by serving its people with love,
especially the poor, the lonely, and the dispossessed,
and by not surrendering its doctrinal steadfastness,
sometimes even the very contradiction of culture
by which it serves as a sign,
surely the Church serves the culture best."
Just started this book, but I highly recommend it so far.
From the introduction:
"... from the very beginning, Christian values were always more popular in American culture than the Christian gospel. That's why one could speak of 'God and country' with great reception in almost any era of the nation's history but would create cultural distance as soon as one mentioned 'Christ and him crucified.' God was always welcome in American culture. He was, after all, the Deity whose job it was to bless America. The God who must be approached through the mediation of the blood of Christ, however, was much more difficult to set to patriotic music or to 'Amen' in a prayer at the Rotary Club."
Do you have a 1st summer read picked out yet?
If not... join me! Russell Moore, Onward