With all of the discussion regarding the “emerging” church these days, it would seem like this book of Francis Schaeefer’s was written just last year. In 1977 he spoke years ahead of his time, calling the church to “practice simultaneously the orthodoxy of doctrine and the orthodoxy of community in the visible church, a community which the world could see.” He speaks of how we must “show forth the love of God and the holiness of God simultaneously. If we show either of these without the other, we exhibit not the character, but a caricature of God for the world to see. If we stress the love of God without the holiness of God, it turns out to be only compromise. But if we stress the holiness of God without the love of God, we practice something that is hard and lacks beauty.”
This book was the first book I remember reading after becoming a Christian in high school, and even today I can sense the impact it has had on my life. If you care about God’s plan for the church, it’s a great read.