A Peculiar People

May be an image of 3 people and text that says 'Touchsto +++ ne January February 2024 $8.95 A Journal of Mere Christianity Married with Children -Allan C. Carlson Authority, Love & Devotion -R. R. Reno Your Holy House -Thomas Howard Child's Play -Anthony Esolen Sarah'sChd Child Patrick Henry Reardon Loss ofa Vital Skill Daniel Witt A Father's Example David Mills M. Hutchens The Death ofa Daughter Keith Lowery Who's Mom? Kathleen Curran Sweeney Killing Innocents James Kushiner Kathie Johnson Ken Myers Mary Elizabeth Podles Ray Van Neste'

The latest issue of Touchstone Magazine contains my review of David Lyle Jeffrey’s excellent book, We Were a Peculiar People Once: Confessions of an Old-Time Baptist. Part memoir, part prophetic critique, this book is uproariously funny as well as insightful and devastating. You can read the review, and I hope you read the book. In short, Jeffrey rightfully reminds us that the church’s task is not to be cool but to be different. Despite good intentions, we do not make progress in reaching the world by trying to show how cool we are or how much we are just like them. Jesus told us clearly, “Do not be like them” (Matt 6:8). But it seems, too often we cannot bear the scorn of the world.

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