"When we speak of following Christ, it is the crucified Messiah we are talking about.  His death was not simply the messy bit that enables our sins to be forgiven but that can then be forgotten.  The cross is the surest, truest, and deepest window on the very heart and character of the living and loving God... And when therefore we speak... of shaping our world, we do not--we dare not--simply treat the cross as the thing that saves us "personally," but which can be left behind when we get on with the job.  The task of shaping our world is best understood as the redemptive task of bringing the achievement of the cross to bear on the world, and in that task the methods, as well as the message, must be cross-shaped through and through."

James Smith, quoting N.T. Wright, Desiring the Kingdom, pg 164-165
10/8/2013 09:38:14 am

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