I am the sort of person who is attracted to high ideals, although I am far too spiritually lazy to live up to most of them. Hence my ongoing appetite for monks and friars, for ascetics and mystics, for academic standards of publishing. I am always struck by the seriousness of becoming a Christian in the ancient church […]The seriousness of becoming a Christian in the ancient church — the pocket scroll
This is the sort of corrective, I believe, that our modern Evangelicalism has gone without for far too long. I’m a Presbyterian, myself, and we require at our church that prospective members take an introductory class over the theology and distinctives of the PCA before swearing into the congregation, but it’s nothing like this sort of rigour here. Too often we take our faith, and that of others, for granted, and the accusation of “cheap grace” that some level at American-style Evangelical Christianity is often far from unfounded, no matter how earnestly we seek to obey the full counsel of the Scriptures.
~ J. J. Griffing, 28 September 2019