As an Anglican evangelical, this statement in Emerging Churches caught my eye:
“Those churches that preceded the Reformation (Catholic and Orthodox), and to a large extent Anglicanism, have many practices that resonate with those of emerging churches.”
I agree. The more I read about emerging churches the more I feel like we should be calling them “neo-Anglicans”. Tho they’d probably kick my butt (in a nice way) for saying so.
I have a feeling that’s one of the reasons the forces of evil have been mounting such an attack against the Episcopal church lately, trying so hard and so cruelly to dismantle the evangelical wing of it — because we’re so badly needed by the next generation. In a lot of ways we are exactly what they’re looking for. Old and yet new… contemplation and rock music both in one place… spiritual disciplines alongside outreach. We’ve been here all along, slammed by the non-denominationals for being too liberal and slammed by the liberals for being too evangelical. We are the middle road, the road that balances reason, heart, and the deep mysteries of the Christian faith.
Oh Lord… protect and defend Your church… “Clothe your ministers with righteousness and let your people sing for joy.” (Book of Common Prayer)