Monday, March 10, 2008

"The Ancient Faith for the Church's Future"

As he noted in the comments section of my previous post, Christopher Armstrong wrote a recent article in Christianity Today, "The Future Lies in the Past," on the resurgence of the infamous "T-word" in evangelical circles: Tradition. He reviews his experiences at the 2007 Wheaton Theological Conference which centered on the theme of "Ancient Faith for the Church's Future." Aaaaah, a topic near and dear to my heart!

Armstrong quotes Drew University theologian and Christianity Today senior editor Thomas Oden: "The sons and daughters of modernity are rediscovering the neglected beauty of classical Christian teaching. It is a moment of joy, of beholding anew what had been nearly forgotten, of hugging a lost child."

I highly encourage you to read his article in its entirety, click here. It's well worth your time, especially if you are as intrigued with ancient worship as I am, and even if you're not. It appears that "smells and bells" are here to stay in the evangelical tradition, and such resurgence of tradition in worship can only bring us closer to our Catholic and Eastern Orthodox brothers and sisters, another of my "near and dear" issues.

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