The Difference the Gospel Makes

“We used to hate and destroy one another and refused to associate with people of another race or country. Now, because of Christ, we live together with such people and pray for our enemies.” -Justin Martyr

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What the Early Church Taught That Bridged the Gap Between Doctrine and Practice

“They were able to articulate the connection between the doctrines of the faith and the Christian life in a clearer and more persuasive way than we are usually able to do.… The way the early church avoided the problem of divorcing doctrine from Christian life was by understanding all of Christian life in direct connection to God’s life.… Doctrine, as they understood it, pointed beyond itself to God, in whose life human beings are called to share.” -Donald Fairburn, Life in the Trinity

 

Christian ‘Family’

“Stanley Hauerwas opens one of his classes by reading a letter from a parent to a government official. The parent complains that his son, who had received the best education, gone to all the right schools, and was headed for a good job as a lawyer, had gotten involved with a weird religious sect. Now members of this sect controlled his every move, told him whom to date and whom not to date, and had taken all of his money. The parent is pleading with the government official to do something about this weird religious group.

‘Who is this letter describing?’ Hauerwas asks. Some think it is describing the Moonies, or some other weird sect.

It is a composite letter drawn from the letters of third-century Roman parents concerning a group called the church.” -William Willimon