During his visit to Jerusalem, Jesus’ Apostle Paul steadfastly refused to consent to the circumcision of Titus, viewing it as a threat to the integrity of the gospel of justification-by-faith-alone. But then, just a few ticks later in Lystra, Paul took Timothy, another convert and co-worker of his, and happily had him circumcised. Is Paul confused? Inconsistent? Hypocritical? No, no, no. Instead he is modeling for us wise contextualization in knowing when to freely adapt for the sake of mission advancement and when to staunchly refuse to adapt for the sake of gospel preservation. In a beautiful paradox, both seemingly divergent actions emerge from the same source: Paul’s love for those to whom Jesus has sent him. We, too, need to be loving and wise in adapting (or not adapting) our ministry to Bostonian culture so that Jesus’ grace and truth can flourish at Seven Mile Road.

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