Saturday, April 17, 2010

Growth

'We cannot overemphasise bringing men and women to new birth in Christ. Evangelism is essential,critically essential. But it is not obvious that growth in Christ is equally essential? Yet the church has not treated it with an equivalent urgency. The American church in particular runs on the euphoria and adrenaline of new birth-getting people into church, into the kingdom, into causes, into crusades, into programmes. We turn matters of growing up over to Sunday school teachers, specialists in Christian education, committees to revise curricula, retreat centres and deeper life conferences, farming it out to parachurch groups for remedial assistance. I don't find pastors and professors, for the most part, very interested in matters of formation in holiness. They have higher-profile things to tend to. '

Eugene Peterson, Practice Resurrection, Page 5


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