Icon of Peter and Paul from Patmos

It’s one of the four instincts that we think defines the Pietist ethos: to trust that Christians are better together than apart. Around Bethel, it shows up as an “irenic [or peaceable] spirit” that leads us to avoid needless controversy and try to reach decisions by consensus; in the Evangelical Covenant Church, it results in our affirmation of having the “freedom in Christ” to disagree about most matters while still remaining “mission friends.”

In this episode, Mark, Sam, and I talk through what it means for Pietists to “[make] every effort to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (Eph 4:3): why that’s hard, generation-spanning work, and why it’s essential to Christian mission and witness.

You can find this episode (and all others) of The Pietist Schoolman Podcast on iTunes and at Feedburner.

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Image source: icon of Ss. Peter and Paul from the monastery of St. John the Theologian on Patmos, Greece – Google Cultural Institute

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