"Preach the gospel at all times; if necessary, use words." Saint Francis of Assisi

Sunday, July 25, 2010


Jesus' followers are not to be isolated avoiders, passionless nerds, or snooty critics. They're to be in the world, into it-sent into it, in fact-with it, engaged, alive, passionate-not out of it. "Whoever claims to live in him," John the apostle wrote, "must walk as Jesus did" (1 John 2:6). Jesus was in the world, engaged, alive, involved, making a difference. So must we be.

Jesus attended parties and so was accused of being a drunk and a glutton, companion of tax collectors and other sinners. Are we too isolated to be similarly accused?

Brian D. McLaren from the book Adventures in Missing the Point

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