In the books of Nehemiah and Ezra, we get a nice picture of the Christian life. The returning exiles from Babylon were compelled to rebuild Jerusalem with a trowel in one hand and a sword in the other (since the neighbor kept attacking them and trying to hinder the work). That’s the story of our life on earth as Christians. With the sword of the Spirit, we have to defend the faith from attacks by enemies, such as atheists…
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…and with the trowel we must continue to build the city of God and bear fruits like goodness, truth, and beauty:
“Here is orthodoxy as heavy as the universe, made to dance like the universe. Reading this is like coming upon old Augustine dressed up like St. Francis.” – Thomas Howard
Get ‘em both!