The Reverend Dr. Frederick W. Schmidt, Jr. Director of Spiritual Formation and Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality at Southern Methodist University, Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas offers three positive qualities about evangelicanism today.
What do Evangelicals have that we (Progressive, Mainliners) don’t have—other than larger churches, larger seminaries, bigger attendance on Sunday, more serious engagement with Scripture, and enough passion for their faith to keep David Platt’s Radical on the best seller list for 55 weeks running?
We can sniff and comfort ourselves with pride, if we want to do that. But I am sure that was pretty much where the crew of the Titanic lived just before the ice water began to roll in over their feet.
Don’t get me wrong. This isn’t a size thing. But we can only console ourselves for so long by arguing, “small is beautiful” or “we are too sophisticated to be popular.” “Large” may not mean “good,” but “small” is not necessarily a synonym for “virtuous” either. Sometimes, small just means “not all that interesting.”
Read the full article here, and let’s start a conversation!