The importance of worldiness

There are seeming cross-pressures in the Christian life–affirmations that seem at odds with one another and that form and influence Christian participation in the world. For example: the belief that the covenant community should “seek the welfare of the city” yet be “strangers and aliens.” How is to possible to be “worldy” in a positive sense while simultaneously avoiding “wordliness” in its negative sense?

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James K. A. Smith explores St. Augustine’s vision for a godly worldliness–one that serves as a redemptive witness. Read the piece here.

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