Keeping Your Balance

I like this extended quotation from J. Gresham Machen posted at Stones Cry Out because it reminds us that some of the challenges of the church are somewhat ageless and there's a great deal to learn from the "great cloud of witnesses" who have gone before us.

Machen: "One of the greatest of the problems that ha[s] agitated the Church is the problem of the relation between knowledge and piety, between culture and Christianity. This problem has appeared first of all in the presence of two tendencies in the Church?the scientific or academic tendency, and what may be called the practical tendency."

We are all gifted and equipped differently so keeping the right balance personally is a challenge whether you tend toward being right-brained or left-brained. (Not to imply physicalism.) It's also a challenge for the church in general. And hopefully the proper functioning of the whole body by pursuing our gifts balances things out. Mark correctly points out that many great Christians before us have "managed to take a reasoned approach to Christianity, while maintaining a love for the world and its inhabitants. They also did it in a winsome and winning way."

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Melinda Penner

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