The debate regarding how much Christians should interface with the secular world may be as old as the faith itself. Certainly we are familiar with the discussion as far back as the 16th Century, when Anabaptist leaders called on their followers to withdraw from the corrupting influences of the world. In more recent times, scholars like Dr. Stanley Hauerwas, who teaches Christian Ethics at Duke University, seems to have taken up this mantle, warning of the perils for Christians to think they can change a corrupt world.
Dr. Timothy Keller is the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian in Manhattan and author of numerous books, including "The Prodigal God," and "The Reason for God."
But other Christians have existed who have felt a sincere call from God to bring the gospel to the various dimensions of culture and society. Whether in politics, the arts, architecture, even the military, they seek to witness for Christ and change culture for Him by interacting in it. As Dutch theologian Abraham Kuyper famously proclaimed, “There is not one square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry: 'Mine!”
We knew we’d get a thoughtful examination of these two traditions from Dr. Tim Keller, Senior Pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. You may have read one of his best-seller, The Prodigal God, or his latest release, Generous Justice. Both are available in our online bookstore.
Dr. Keller believes that both sides in this debate have something to offer one another, lest either of them go too far. Indeed, the church often times does its best work when two thoughtful traditions are held in tension. If both sides hold some truth, it is up to us to gather the strands of truth found in both, as God is the author of all truth and doesn’t want us to miss out on any of it.
For more of Dr. Keller’s views, check out his books in our online bookstore!
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Emily tells a clearly-written, funny, and poignant story
about what her son, Max, has taught her (and her father) in the newly-released
book from Zondervan, Dancing with Max: A Mother and Son Who Broke Free.
As challenging as autism can be, this story is one of hope as God gave the
Colsons the strength and joy to discover what every person has to offer the
rest of us. Chuck describes this book as the most personal book he’s had a
part in since his autobiographical first book, Born Again. Chuck writes a
foreward and afterword to the story written by Emily.
As you’ll hear in this interview, Emily’s counsel for anyone having what
seems like a problem without a solution is to let God lead them one day
at a time. “If this were my last day on earth, what kind of mother would
I want to be?” she found herself asking at a key turning point in her
relationship with her now 19 year old son.
Life may not always go according to our best laid plans. But God is ready to
show us deep joys in the places we wouldn’t expect. This lesson and many
others that will touch your heart as you see how one mother and son not
only survived a tough situation but has emerged victorious with God’s help.
Moreover, this book will challenge your understanding of the handicapped
people in our midst await you by reading this fascinating book about real people
facing real challenges with God. Max Colson gives us another perspective
on God, as he is made in God’s image just like everyone else.
Emily’s book makes the perfect birthday or Christmas gift for someone you know
who is wrestling with a challenge that seems beyond their ability to cope. Or just
anyone who enjoys an inspiring human interest story.
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