Michael Frost on Sifted and Sent

Celtic monks saved western Europe by keeping two circles.  They head their sifted circles – internal relationships of learning, repentance, and devotion.  They also kept sent circles – they’d get into circular boats together, and multiply their mission on wherever their boat landed.

1 Peter is a great guide on being sifted.  God calls us to cut excess and get radical about devotion.  God also calls us to constant sentness.  You need both.  If you can’t find a way to uphold both you’ll limp, flounder and fall.  Titus 3:14 supports the same.  James teaches a pure devotion is caring for widows but also to keep your own life unstained.  The way forward is a disciplined way.

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