Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Being the Church in the Postmodern World

"In the hand of God, the biblical Word is a fearsome weapon, "sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart." And thus it is, Hebrews says, as we stand in the presence of God by its work, that everything is "laid bare to the eyes of him with whom we have to do" (Heb. 4:12-13). Is it too much to hope that the evangelical Church can yet again recover its moral seriousness, that it can recover its vision of the holiness of God, its trust in the greatness of his power? This is the key, strange as it may seem, to Christian effectiveness in the postmodern world. It is the reform of the Church of which we stand in need, not the reform of the Gospel. We need the faith of the ages, not the reconstructions of a therapeutically driven or commercially inspired faith. And we need it, not least, because without it our postmodern world will become starved for the Word of God." (David F. Wells, "Losing Our Virtue", pg. 209)

2 comments:

MelAndrews said...

Hey DLP,

Nice blog. Good article. I have heard that some experts thing the Conservative Evangelical church is on its way out. There seems to be a split happening where Evangelicals are moving toward Catholicism, the Emergent church, or to the more Charismatic churches.

I moved to the Emergent church a few years ago. The Evangelical church is steeped in Modernism, and they can't speak to a Postmodern or a post-Postmodern world.

David L. Parker said...

Thanks for the positive feedback. Regarding the church in the postmodern world, I'm in the worship as covenant renewal mode myself... Calvinism and all that. I am currently a member of Redeemer Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Austin, Texas. We do worship the old fashioned way. BTW, how is it that you came across my blog? You are the first person who has ever commented here...

Best Regards,

David