Primitive Christianity Revived, Again
I just received Tozer's posthumously published collection of essays challenging the "business-as-usual" attitude of evangelical churches: *Rut, Rot or Revival*. I suspect that Tozer is relatively unknown in unprogrammed Quaker circles. He was (and is by reputation, even in his decease) a distinquished "outlier" among Christians. His persistent questions and outspoken commentaries on "we've always done it that way" smugness need to receive serious consideration. Friends are particularly prone to self-congratulation for what is in fact a rather spotty record of faithfulness in our religious calling. Even with sometimes acknowledged shortcomings in reporting membership statistics, it's not hard to see that the Society of Friends is a declining religious movement; a "tired church" if you will.
Some who read this lament will not want to admit that we have a problem. But for those who do admit this, what do you think needs to be done to turn things around?? Can you cite examples of meetings where spiritual life and vitality are indisputedly on the upswing? What can we learn from these trend-challenging fellowships?
What canst thou say?