Salt & Light: What Jesus' central point about kingdom witness? What kind of life do these metaphors imply for believers?
Carl Bloch - Sermon on the Mount
Sermon on the Mount:
Should Christians “protect” themselves in isolated Christian communities? The early monastic reformers went out to the deserts and other isolated retreats to escape the perjuries of the organized church in their day, but contrary to common understanding, they were not removed from the world. People came to them, sometimes traveling great distances to seek their wisdom (origins of mountain guru motif, don't you think?) especially since they weren't finding it in the church at that time. These early monks understood Christ's teachings that: