The Wanderer

"As I walked through the wilderness of this world . . ."

More from Trueman on being “Young, Restless, Reformed”

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Others are saying the same things, but Trueman has pithily encapsulated some useful observations and warnings concerning the YRR phenomenon.

See also my review of the book/movement here.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Tuesday 1 September 2009 at 18:58

Posted in While wandering . . .

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  1. It’s a great article isn’t it. Typical Truemanian wit and observation. Worth reading just for this sentence if nothing else!

    “Look, if I wanted a pretentious and incomprehensibly abstract theology with an impeccable record of emptying churches, I’d convert to Barthianism, wouldn’t I? ”

    P

    Paul

    Tuesday 1 September 2009 at 20:35

  2. Well thought out article. As I was reading it and nodding my head in agreement I started asking myself the “now what” question. He has some good concerns but how should we then live as a result of this. He summed it up in the next to last paragraph.

    “In the real world, many, perhaps most, of us worship and work in churches of 100 people or less; life is not loud and exciting; big things do not happen every Sunday; budgets are incredibly tight and barely provide enough for a pastor’s modest salary; each Lord’s Day we go through the same routines of worship services, of hearing the gospel proclaimed, of taking the Lord’s Supper, of teaching Sunday School; perhaps several times a year we do leaflet drops in the neighborhood with very few results; at Christmas time we carol sing in the high street and hand out invitations to church and maybe two or three people actually come along as a result; but no matter — we keep going, giving, and praying as we can; we try to be faithful in the little entrusted to us. It’s boring, it’s routine, and it’s the same, year in, year out. Therefore, in a world where excitement, celebrity, and cultural power are the ideal, it is tempting amidst the circumstances of ordinary church life to forget that this, the routine of the ordinary, the boring, the plodding, is actually the norm for church life and has been so throughout most places for most of the history of the church”

    In the words of an old Hymn “do not wait until some deeds of greatness you may do, do not wait to spread your light afar, to the many duties ever near you now be true brighten the corner where you are”

    Seth

    Seth Getz

    Wednesday 2 September 2009 at 15:35


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