CT: Speak the Gospel… use deeds if necessary

There’s an excellent article from Christianity Today in relation to the oft-quoted phrase “Preach the gospel at all times; use words if necessary” attributed to Francis of Assisi.

The writer, Mark Galli, who has written a biography of  St. Francis, raises serious doubts as to whether he would have ever actually said such a thing – and what the contemporary popularity of this phrase says about our attitude to truth and the gospel. I wholeheartedly agree with the conclusion that the good news can no more be communicated by deeds than can the evening news. Shame this is only in the web-edition of CT rather than also in the hugely-circulated print edition…

NUCU-ers and anyone else who has ever heard Roger Carswell preach may know of his (only half-joking) comment that, when he gets to heaven, he plans to punch St. Francis for saying that. Perhaps he won’t have to!


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