"The one luxury the church does not have is to apologize for her archaic, idiosyncratic, otherworldly and countercultural characteristics and attempt to dilute her saltiness (wherein her true worth and beauty lie). Yet the heavenly flavor of orthodox ecclesiology is in danger of being lost by a contemporary ministry that wants to domesticate our faith and subject it to the fickle bar of public opinion. Such pandering is a shameless mixture of the ethos of heaven and the ethic of earth, the foolishness of God and the wisdom of men. To peddle our priceless religion using the techniques of the market will result in the ghettoization of God's people into the very niches that covenant theology disallows." (pp. 38-39, Jason J. Stellman, Dual Citizens: Worship and Life between the Already and the Not Yet)
The above words were written by the next guest on Covenant Radio, which podcast will be recorded Thursday, October 29. Bill Hill and I have the distinct privilege of interviewing Rev. Stellman (blogger at De Regnis Duobus: Cult, Culture and the Christian's Dual Citizenship) concerning his recent book, Dual Citizens: Worship and Life between the Already and the Not Yet. Rev. Stellman, in this book, has put forth a strong critique of modern Christianity and the confusing blend of the preferences of the world with the practice of the church that it promotes. He pulls no punches, and sets forth an attractive, convicting and convincing argument for the maintenance of our distinctiveness as Christian pilgrims in the world, as we are simultaneously in the world but steadfastly refusing to be of the world.
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