Good Christians Make Good Humans: A Q&A with Michael Wittmer on “Becoming Worldly Saints”
Can you serve Jesus and still enjoy your life? That’s the question author and professor Michael Wittmer asks in his new book Becoming Worldly Saints. It’s also a question that gets at the heart of what it means to be a Christian, as much as what it means to be human. Because, as Wittmer argues, “Good Christians make good humans.”
Or at least they should. And yet many wonder if you can do both — be a Christian, with all that it entails, and still live a normal human life. I know I have.
Wittmer maintains you can, because the Christian life and the human life are actually one in the same flourishing life.
An intriguing proposition, to be sure. One I explored in an interview for OnFaith. Our discussion included:
His thoughts on why there’s such a disconnect between our earthly…
Michael Horton Says We’ve Got a Problem: The Problem of Everydayness
Several years ago when I was still safely a young adult (I’m 34 now), I briefly entertained the idea of forming a New Monastic community in the heart of Grand Rapids. Having read popular evangelical books that encouraged radical, revolutionary living, a few friends of mine and I were inspired to live an alternative, extreme, impactful life for Christ and His kingdom.
To live radically, as those books encouraged us to live.
But what if living a radical life isn’t what Christ desires for us? What if He’s far more interested in how we approach the mundane, the everydayness of life?
That’s the premise of Michael Horton’s balancing new book Ordinary: Sustaining Faith in a Radical, Restless World. Horton believes we need to question “false values, expectations, and habits that we have absorbed,…