the real thing seems strange and impossible

January 9, 2009 | 3 Comments

we are inoculating the world with a mild form of Christianity, so that it is now practically immune against the real thing. Vast areas of the Christian world are inoculated with a mild form of Christianity, and the real thing seems strange and impossible.” — E. Stanley Jones (80 years ago) in The Christ of the Indian Road

  • This is good. Jones was a real leader in contextualization and indigenous ministry. He drew fire from conservatives and liberals. Conservatives didn’t like him because he jettisoned the Old Testament. Some would argue he was Christ-centered to a fault. Liberals didn’t like him because he insisted on Christ being central to the Church.

    Liberals and Conservatives rage today. Where does Christianity need strengthening in the States in order to recover redemptive power and cultural influence?

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