The Native Tourist
reformed/biblical observations on Christianity and culture

Wednesday, August 04, 2004
Where the Culture and "Great" Commissions Meet
is the Kingdom of God.

This is the argument put forth in Lester DeKoster's book Light for the City: Calvin's Preaching, Source of Life and Liberty.

From the description at Discerning Reader:

According to Lester De Koster, the doctrine of predestination as taught by Calvin makes building the kingdom of God, rather than evangelism, the sole and highest calling of Christians. Calvin's preaching, his Institutes of the Christian Religion, and his leadership of the church and government in Geneva were each directed toward establishing God's kingdom on earth. De Koster cogently argues this provocative case in the hope that, by properly understanding Scripture as a "dynamic creative Agent of the City," faithful preaching today, just as in Calvin's day, will strive to evoke the City of God on earth.

The New Jerusalem is more than people. Its culture too!