Tullian Tchividjian's book, Unfashionable, has been a challenging read for me this summer. I've been chewing on what it means to be an agent of renewal -- to join God in his work of renewing all things. I wonder what would happen if we took this seriously -- to become missionaries who bring good news and good deeds to broken, hurting people. Tullian writes:
The mission of the church is spiritual and physical, individual and cultural. God wants us to involve ourselves in the rehabilitation of hearts and houses, souls and society. We're to care about the renewal of both people and the environment. The requires word and deed, proclamation and demonstration. God is renewing human hearts and recreating all things through his church. This is our mission to the world (p. 62).