Thursday, March 19, 2009

The ZigZag Café

We will be convening here at the ZigZag café, Suisse, on Thursdays for conversation and dialogue.

I invite you to stop by every Thursday for the question of the day. Your thoughts and participation are most welcome. Pull up a stool, avec un café, un thé, ou un chocolat chaud, et un croissant, and join in here on Thursday at the ZZ café.

For today:

Do you believe that evangelicalism (alleged to be Bible believing Christianity) is collapsing?


John said...

Here comes my bias - but I sure hope so. I read about a decline in the percentage of the population that is calling themselves Christians, and that leads me to ask if that's because the fence sitters are getting out, or if it's because "Christianity" (as opposed to being a follower of Christ) has become so unattractive that people are being turned off to Christ instead of being turned on and tuned in to Christ.

I'm personally even turned off to "evangelicalism." All the "evangelism training" and "Gospel-centered teaching" is too much. It's unattractive even to me.

Greg said...

Thanks John. Appreciate these insights. Perhaps some current expressions of evangelicalism have become too insular and created something of its own world, rather than tending to the real one. As such, helping turn people on and in to Christ becomes a new challenge. Nevertheless, there are forms of evangelicalism that have done better and contributed to the relevance of cutting edge thought and redemptive living.

John said...

Greg -
Very true, and thanks for balancing out my thoughts. There are indeed some churches (or organizations) that have done a better job of reaching out and contributing well, instead of becoming insular. I guess I tend to see the latter, because that's what seems to surround me here.

And yes, turning people onto a living spirituality through a life with Christ is indeed a challenge. It's one well worth undertaking, but it is indeed a challenge!

Greg said...

Thanks. I think that it's unfortunately more often that the narrow minded and insular prevail so it seems to set the course for a general view of evangelicalism.

Hopefully, evangelicals can break away from this isolation and have a dynamic and integrated faith.

harry coe maynard said...


I really think Dr. Schaeffers writtings are even more relevant today than even 30 years ago.

Does God exist, Is He silent. and especially Death in the City.

He wrote True Spirituality and struggled hard, as you well know, why should it be any easier for us today?


Greg said...

Harry coe,
Thanks. In some ways that's probably true. FAS saw things collapsing within evangelicalism and attempted to contribute to bringing about renewal.

harry coe maynard said...


I agree with this, especially, Watershed of the Evangelical World.


Greg said...

Thanks Harry coe.