Although this is written from an American Southern Baptist perspective, it encapsulates the issues at play in evangelicalism. Certainly there have been positives gained from evangelicalism. However, the iMonk is spot on when it comes to much of what ails evangelicalism as a whole. If we are to be the church, we must listen to the critique.
Recently, I’ve been dialoguing/thinking/praying in a new way about spiritual formation. His comments particularly on evangelical spiritual formation are particularly relevant.
The commenter is correct, and he isn’t saying “tickle my ears with something new.” He’s saying that the model of Christian spiritual formation now extent in worship is one that sees the 40 minute information dump as the primary means of spiritual growth. The sermon, the sermon and the sermon from the preacher, the theologian and the teacher. Plus a daily quiet time. That’s evangelical spiritual formation in a nutshell.
If we want to form and be formed into mature disciples of Jesus Christ, we would do well to listen to what he has to say.
Read it all here.