Jamie Arpin-Ricci, a friend and YWAM leader working in the inner city of Winnipeg, is a student of St. Francis of Assisi. He responds well to the recent “if necessary use words” blog conversation,
St. Francis never sought to elevate action over speaking in the task of bringing the Gospel, but neither did he believe that Gospel was only a message to be communicated. Francis recognized that the Gospel was all consuming, the work of God to restore all of Creation unto Himself for His glory. He embraced the truth that the authority of the Gospel he proclaimed with his mouth was given authority by the Spirit-empowered life that reflected the reality of its transformation. And in the same way, he knew that, even in the imperfect, clumsy and often sinful lives that we lead, the inherent authority of the Gospel message would still touch the hearts of those who needed to hear it and therefore must be preached.
It is well worth your time to read it all.