This interview with ByFaith magazine editor Richard Doster is a great introduction to the concept of Tangible Theology.
In his new book “Tangible” (NavPress, 2013), PCA pastor Chris Sicks talks about two kinds of people in the church today: “Deed” people, he says, get their hands dirty. They feed the hungry, comfort the sick, and come alongside the poor. “Word” people, on the other hand, live with both eyes fixed firmly on mankind’s eternal future. Word people, Sicks explains, proclaim the Gospel, defend the faith, and engage hearts, minds, and intellects with a reasoned presentation of the Gospel message.
Too often, these groups are at odds. And that, Sicks tells his readers, not only weakens our attempts to extend mercy; it dilutes our proclamation of God’s Good News. According to Sicks, God means for these groups to work hand-in-hand. When we tend to the poor, sick, and hungry, we not only meet their immediate, material needs — just as Jesus did; we also open their hearts and minds to the words that explain why…
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