11.2.10

Training Leaders to Move the Church Forward

In every generation, the Church is called upon to apply the message of God’s grace to old vestiges of human depravity wrapped up in new inventions. The central message of God’s “rescue plan”—as Sally Lloyd Jones calls redemptive history—never changes: Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3). The many applications and ramifications of that truth look as different as the sins it means to address. Where the expressions of rebellion and denial may have taken new forms, the essence is unchanged: “sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like” (Galatians 5:20–21).

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The Eyes of St. Patrick

Off stony clave, he northward gazed,
beyond the place Rome's Pax had blazed.
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