20 Quotes from Russell Moore’s New Book on Christian Cultural Engagement

Matt Smethurst | July 29, 2015

The following 20 quotes caught my attention as I read Russell Moore’s excellent new book Onward: Engaging the Culture without Losing the Gospel (B&H) [review]. Thanks to Tony Reinke for inspiring the 20 quotes idea.

“Jesus came to wreck our lives, so that he could join us to his. We cannot build Christian churches on a sub-Christian gospel. People who don’t want Christianity don’t want almost-Christianity.” (5)

“The problem was that . . . Christian values were always more popular in American culture than the Christian gospel. That’s why one could speak of “God and country” with great reception in almost any era of the nation’s history but would create cultural distance as soon as one mentioned ‘Christ and him crucified.’ God was always welcome in American culture. He was, after all, the Deity whose job it was to bless America. The God who must be approached through the mediation of the blood of Christ, however, was much more difficult to set to patriotic music or to ‘Amen’ in a prayer at the Rotary Club.” (6)

“The shaking of American culture is no sign that God has given up on American Christianity. In fact, it may be a sign that…

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