Friday, April 17, 2009

Dual Citizens: Worship and Life Between the Already and the Not Yet

"The subject of Christ and culture has never been as popular among conserva­tive Protestants in the United States as it is today, and the topic has never needed as much attention from the perspective of the church. It gets that attention in this important book by Jason Stellman. Dual Citizens will certainly upset those used to thinking of Christ as mainly the transformer of culture. But for genuine wisdom not only on the culture wars, but on the culture, ways, and habits of the church, Stellman’s discussion is the place to go."

Dr. D. G. Hart
Director of academic programs Intercollegiate Studies Institute
Wilmington, Delaware

"For too long I struggled to recommend reading on the subject of living the Christian life as a ‘resident alien.’ Often I was reduced to directing readers to liberal Methodists (such as Hauerwas and Willimon) as the best embodiment of Christian convictions. At last I can point to practice that is firmly grounded in Reformed theology. Dual Citizens is written by someone who loves the world: its movies, its music, and its authors. But this is a rightly ordered love because it is a penultimate love. Here is a robust pilgrim theology that marches on to Zion while avoiding the pitfalls of asceticism and legalism. By putting earthly king­doms in their proper place, Pastor Stellman demonstrates how rightly to use the present world even as one eagerly awaits the next."

Mr. John Muether
Professor of church history/library director
Reformed Theological Seminary
Orlando, Florida