I am in Newark, Delaware, this weekend in order to speak at the 20th anniversary celebration of Glasgow Reformed Presbyterian Church. This afternoon the pastor, Dr. Charles Betters, arranged for an interview session with Bryan Chapell and myself. I hope to put this interview on our Web site soon. Bryan is president of Covenant Seminary in St. Louis and one of the finest preachers, and teachers of preaching, in America. I am always encouraged by being with Bryan. He is a solid conservative thinker and a genuinely kind and Christlike man.
A good bit of our interview focused upon the emerging generation and the opportunities and potential problems that we see in these younger Christians. Bryan noted that he has rarely met a group of Christians more committed to evangelism. He also observed that this generation will need to pursue personal holiness more intentionally if it is to make a real difference in the future. They are a generation completely comfortable with relational commitments. They also embrace real conversation while they are totally suspicious of cant and technique. We both welcome a great deal of what we see coming in this new generation but we also hope for a deepening commitment to ancient Christian thought. I believe that a generation so committed to sharing the love of Christ with others, because they truly love them, may well provide the context that we need for a new spiritual awakening.
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Thanks for your visit this weekend to GRPC. I think you have really challenge us as a congregation. As a member of the generation you are talking about, I see many challenges ahead. Can you recommend some resources that expand on your call to ancient Christian thought? I can’t wait to hear this interview.
Randy, thanks for your hospitality this weekend and demonstration of real Christian love to me. Glasgow Reformed Presbyterian Church is one of the finest churches I have been in for years.
By all means start with Robert Webber’s Ancient-Future Faith and then go to the related books that followed it in publication. These are a great way to get started in this train of thought.