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Previously, I’ve discussed sleep and music as “natural sacraments”. In thinking about other areas of life that meet this criteria, it occurred to me that the Christian life as a whole is one. Obviously the life of faith should transform the individual, but here I am thinking more about the impact of Christian living on society as a whole. We are faith and food for a dying culture.

The Christian Life as a Gift

The Christian life by definition is one of sacrifice. Jesus gave himself for humanity and then calls each of us to take up our own cross. This does not mean that our sacrifice has any power for salvation on its own, but our sacrifice does share in the power of Christ and his resurrection. When we are willing to lay down our lives, our gift is matched and even multiplied for a greater return in the Kingdom of God.

The Christian Life as Knowledge

Inherent to belief in God is a connection with all knowledge. He is the Creator and Sustainer of all life. When we live with integrity, our connection to Him empowers our connection with all other aspects of Creation. This does not mean we have a special “science”, but that knowledge is better set into context to be understood as part of the whole body of knowledge. (more…)

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At no point did I think of myself as part of the classic “White Anglo Saxon Protestant” (WASP) majority, especially given that my church was located in a Jewish neighborhood and my home in a Polish Catholic one.

During my college years at Cornell, racial reconciliation was critical to growing the Evangelical community. Sometimes our discussions were met with some resistance about why we weren’t focused on the “Simple Gospel”.

So I began to learn the Biblical basis for multi-ethnicity from mentors like Neil Rendall. In his own simple terms, he taught that the Kingdom of God shows up wherever the King reigns. In other words, the true Gospel of Jesus is integral to every area of life.

My training continued while I was on staff with InterVarsity. The “Ah, Ha!” moment for me came when Joanne presented her third year project about the Latino community.

My reflection at the end was something like, “It’s amazing how many parallels there are between racial reconciliation and the Gospel.”

“Michael,” Joanne said, “in the Latino community racial reconciliation is the Gospel.” (more…)

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