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“While the lecture itself was not bold, because my friendships were bold and intimate and risky, the lecture had impact. This experience taught me a powerful lesson about evangelism: the integrity of our relationships matters more than the boldness of our words.
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“Paul deﬁnes his post-conversion life simply: in Christ he now does ‘works beﬁtting repentance’ (Acts 26:20). This idea that we repent and we serve is also reﬂected in the words of the last of the Old Testament prophets, John the Baptist, who prepares the way of the Lord by warning the religious people of his day to ‘Repent, for the kingdom of God is at hand!’ (Matt.
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“Sin is not a mistake. A mistake is taking the wrong exit on the highway. A sin is treason against a Holy God. A mistake is a logical misstep.
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“Making a life commitment to Christ was not merely a philosophical shift. It was not a one-step process. It did not involve rearranging the surface prejudices and ﬁckle loyalties of my life.
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“Every aspect of my life came under the scrutiny of my new Christian worldview. It was like someone turned the search light on and I couldn’t dim the intensity.
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“Conversion put me in a complicated and comprehensive chaos. I sometimes wonder, when I hear other Christians pray for the salvation of the ‘lost,’ if they realize that this comprehensive chaos is the desired end of such prayers.
“I wondered: If my life was the only evidence that Christ was alive, would anyone be convinced?
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“And what about my home, my habitus? A habitus is a way of life that forms habits of the head, habits of the heart, and habits of the mind.