The Proper Measure for Excellence

Regardless of the role or place in society to which God has assigned us by our calling, we are content.  Our identity is already determined by our being “in Christ”, not by our  accomplishments.  The measure of excellence is daily love for our neighbors during this time between Christ’s two advents.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 160-161

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Blurring the Distinction between Saving Grace and Common Grace

In addition to collapsing Christ and his work into the church and its labors, as well as collapsing the age to come into this present age, the transformational emphasis can blur the distinction between saving grace and common grace.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 161

We Need to Recover Our Biblical Bearings

We are not Christians at prayer and pagans at work.  Our biblical convictions shape our approach to all questions of life.  Yet that is precisely why we need to evaluate those convictions.  We need to recover our biblical bearings.  If we mature in our theological convictions and assumptions about the nature of culture, we will begin to see that societies, like churches, are shaped over long periods and through all of the various callings that occupy us every day.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 159

Is Cultural Transformation Possible with These?

I suspect that our obsession of late with cultural transformation in evangelical circles facilitates the thinly “Christianized” versions of ambition, restless innovation, and impatience that actually make any real kind of culture, Christian or otherwise, impossible.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 157

They too Are Called by God

The culture-transforming mission can backfire in the other direction, against those who are in fact called to be novelists, painters, physicists, senators and academics.  They too are called by God to ordinary labors in the common culture that they share with non-Christians.

– Horton, Michael, Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World; Zondervan; copyright 214; Kindle Edition; page 156-157