This prayer for awakening (from http://www.desiringgod.org) has relevance for every Christian Church.
Send LORD a remarkable awakening that results in…
- hundreds of people coming to Christ,
- old animosities being removed,
- marriages being reconciled and renewed,
- wayward children coming home,
- long-standing slavery to sin being conquered,
- spiritual dullness being replaced by vibrant joy,
- weak faith being replaced by bold witness,
- disinterest in prayer being replaced by fervent intercession,
- boring Bible reading being replaced by passion for the Word,
- disinterest in global missions being replaced by energy for Christ’s name among the nations, and
- lukewarm worship being replaced by zeal for the greatness of God’s glory.
Here I am reading David Wells’ book The Courage to Be Protestant. It is a very useful read and it has many quotable passages.
Here is one on the Bill Hybels and Rick Warren type of churches [p. 14]:
Here also were churches smelling of coffee and reverberating with edgy music…The music is contemporary…Rap or heavy metal would not be cool.
What results, all too often, beneath all the smiling crowds, the packed auditoria, is a faith so cramped, limited, and minuscule as to be entirely unable to command our life, our energies, or, as a matter of fact, even much of our attention. One church advertises itself as a place where you will find “loud music” and “short services.”
It has a “casual atmosphere” but, it wants us to know, it also offers “serious faith.”
This is always the rub in this experiment: the form greatly modifies the content. The loud music and short services are part of the FORM, but the form, put together to be pleasing, actually undermines the seriousness of faith. The form is in fact the product, and in this market the sale has to be done quickly and as painlessly as possible because the customers have itchy feet. This greatly militates against the seriousness any church wants to have. And that is why a deep chasm has opened between the church marketers and historic Protestant orthodoxy. It is less that the truths of this orthodoxy are assailed than they are seen to be irrelevant to the building of the church. They are, it is believed, an impediment to success…
No comment, but you may want to look at the useful review by Trevin Wax.
Bruce Waltke is one of the best known scholars in Old Testament studies. I heard him speak, I read some of his writing, and I like him a lot. At 79 he still keeps going by teaching OT in various places (it looks like he is moving to Knox Theological Seminary in Fort Lauderdale, FL)!
I am writing this brief blog just to draw attention to the fact that Waltke has weighed in on the issue of theistic evolution. This weighing in has led to his departure (he was NOT forced to resign as some outlets suggest) from RTS (Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL) and to a flurry of blogs.
These blogs shed additional light on this most important issue for Christianity in the 21st century: latest info, John Hobbins, and Justin Taylor. John Hobbins has the links to many bloggers who discussed this topic.
It remains to be seen where this story will go and what its impact will be in the evangelical world!