Radically Christian

“And before we destroy children’s love and belief in world-saving mission, before they get cynical and become like us, they even think about their future vocation in terms of mission, don’t you see that? They never just say …’I’m probably just going to work in an office somewhere.’

You ever heard that, huh? ‘I’ll be working on a computer, and I’ll be pushing paper around.’ You ever hear a seven year-old say that? No! Even when they say I”m going to be this, or I’m going to be that, [it’s] because I’m going to make a difference, I’m going to help people, I’m going to change things! Haven’t you heard of that? They always see their future in terms of mission. There’s a joy there …

I happen to be a part of a … college generation that did its utmost to hold on to that belief in world-saving missions almost into adulthood. Remember those days? … We sang ‘If I had a hammer,’ we went on peace marches and civil rights marches, and we all promised ourselves that we’d never go into business … But we would change the world, we’d bring in love and peace, we’d hammer out justice … What’s happened to us? …

This is a great post by Ash over on is more simpler. When we younger we more fired up! What happened to that fire, do you still have some of that energy?

To finish reading this post, please head over to http://ismoresimpler.com/2012/07/14/radically-christian/. While you are there, why not check out the rest of the site and let Ash know something he wrote blessed you!

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  1. Hi, I just wanted to give credit where credit was due and let you know that the quote on my blog wasn’t anything I wrote myself, but instead was an excerpt from one of Pastor Timothy Keller’s sermons that are available for free on iTunes. I thought I had attributed it to Pastor Keller, but in retrospect I can see that I probably wasn’t as clear as I could have been, so I apologize for the confusion, it was totally my fault. Anyhow, I’ve updated the post (as well as a couple of others) to include much clearer attributions, along with links to Pastor Timothy Keller’s podcast and his church’s website. I highly recommend listening to his sermons, as well as reading his books. I can assure you that they’re well worth the time!

    • I thought I saw that in this post originally, but maybe I was mistaken. Thanks for the honest comment!

      • No problem! Like I said, it was entirely my fault for using such a long quote and putting the citation at the bottom of the blog post rather than at the top. Anyhow, I greatly enjoy Dr. Tim Keller’s sermons/books, and so I tend to quote him as often as I can–much like he does with C.S. Lewis. I hope that other folks who read that blog post will choose to explore Pastor Keller’s sermons/books and find them interesting as well!

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