Greetings from one born into the wilderness of modernity, denominationalism and individual spirituality and experience. Even being informed and invigorated by “The Call,” it is hard to visualize the thread of unity in faith running through such a wide-spread family tree. But to hear from the men and women in AFFN is music to these ears, and a siren cal to keep probing, learning and recapturing the faith of our fathers – especially those fathers largely lost to us across the Reformation’s divide.
In a fashion similar to the Apostle’s inability to see what has become Present to us, I cannot clearly grasp all that was so basic, ordinary and Present to our first fathers of the faith. That picture, though is well worth the reach it requires of me. In my heart I sense the truth that the future for the church lies in recapturing the faith and practices of that earliest fellowship. The path back that way also features the faith and practices that share a commitment to recapture and honor the threads of orthodoxy and right practice that bring glory to the Father through Christ and His Body.
That perspective isn’t prevalent from over here in Southern Baptist territory; but it is one I enjoy and am happy to share with fellow travellers into Post-modern, Post-Christian American culture. Thank you, AFFN for opening the forum that creates and supports avenues for dialog with and among our sisters, and for bringing a little light through the dense foliage of time and traditional distinctives. I am blessed.
Mark, I’m so grateful for your post, and so much of what you’ve said here reminds me of my background, too. And it also reminds me of why we’ve created the AFFN: We want it, with all of our hearts, to be a place where we can share and dialog– folks from all kinds of denominational backgrounds and faith traditions– and come around “The Call” and work towards worship renewal in our little corners of the Kingdom. Pleasure to work– to thrash through the jungle– with you friend!
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