Summer Reading Posts

The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Chapter 3


The content of the chapter on "Our Post-Christian World" really hones in on what I believe to be the biggest problem with the western church. We have lost the reality of the gospel in our day-to-day lives. We have lost the reality of the gospel in our relationships. We have sacrificed love for winning, being right in every disagreement and argument. Instead of rejecting the notion that acceptance = approval (which Butterfield does), we decide to just hunker down in our disapproval and just not accept people either.

The six practices that Butterfield lays out in this chapter are powerful and important. When I think of the kind of impact I want our church to have in this community, these are the types of hearts I think we should have as a gathered group of people who are committed to being conformed into the image of the Son. 

There is a particular family in our neighborhood that our family loves. We enjoy our interactions with them, praise their service to the people of the neighborhood, and simply want to be better friends with them. For all intents and purposes, they have no interest in spiritual things. Does that lesson our love for them? Does it decrease our obligation to their good? Do they have to be different people to us than they would to other people? I pray the answer to all of these things is no.

So, which of these practices do you find the most daunting? Do you find it hard in your heart to separate the actions of people from their value as image bearers? Let's hear your thoughts.

If you would like to hear more of Rosaria Butterfield's story, I was introduced to her through her memoir. You can check it out here:

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