In a cultural climate of soft footings and cracking walls, Paul's unambiguous commitment to the church as "the pillar and foundation of the truth" is an especially timely metaphor. It calls us to reconsider the architecture of a truly Christian worldview and to reexamine the gospel and tradition we have inherited. In these letters to Timothy and Titus, Paul's focus is on the idea of inheritance. The faithful, he writes, must guard and deliver the gospel truth. Nearing the end of his life, Paul's writing is intent on securing the heritage of gospel truth for the next generation.