Thursday, January 03, 2013


Unusual Refuge

Chaplain Mike
In his book, Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail: Why Evangelicals Are Attracted to the Liturgical Church, Webber made it clear that leaving free church evangelicalism was by no means a repudiation of orthodoxy, but a deeper participation in the orthodox faith.

Webber named six aspects of orthodoxy that were not adequately fulfilled for him in his previous Christian experience, but which he found in the Anglican church:
  • A sense of mystery
  • Worship that transcends intellectualism and emotionalism
  • Sacraments that provide tangible symbols of Christ
  • A historic sense of identity
  • An ecclesiastical home
  • A holistic spirituality

Webber described his own pilgrimage as a journey in three stages: from familial faith in fundamentalist Christianity to searching faith to owned faith in the Anglican church.
I could not agree more. The problem with Evangelicalism is not that it is wrong, it is that it is incomplete.

Chaplain MIke goes on to cite other authors that have helped him find a home in the mainlines, and that's cool, though I cannot go there with Franky Schaeffer. But I do agree that the church needs to be MORE.
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