Since at least the time of the Donatists, the Church has wrestled with how to relate to Christians who are just not that good at being Christians. Should we worship with Christians who are living in sin? Should we baptize, marry, and bury those who only attend church twice a year? Prompted by last episode’s discussion of Andrew’s new book, Matt, Alastair, and Andrew examine this question from theological, Biblical, and pastoral perspectives.
“The Misunderstood Reason Millions of Americans Stopped Going to Church,” by Jake Meador
The Character Kichijiro from Silence, by Shusaku Endo [affiliate link]
Remaking the World: How 1776 Created the Post-Christian West, by Andrew Wilson [affiliate link]
The Purpose Driven Church, by Rick Warren [affiliate link]
Spirit and Sacrament: An Invitation to Eucharismatic Worship, by Andrew Wilson [affiliate link]
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