>N.T. Wright, thanks for speaking for me.

Posted: 07/07/2010 in book review

>Since leaving graduate school, I have been reading Surprised by Hope. The book is incredible. The subject is Christian hope. Most evangelicals feel like they have an idea of what that is -especially in relation to the afterlife. Imagine though, you had never seen anything but a 1950s black and white television complete with bunny ears. Then someone came in and replaced it with 36 inch plasma screen. That is the difference between the tepid evangelical approach to Easter and the dramatic interpretation that N.T. Wright offers.

In one section, N.T. Wright took words straight out of my mouth. The final chapter of the book deals with Christian mission and Christian worship in light of Easter Sunday. When commenting on the various traditions in worship, specifically the difference between older traditions and low-church contemporary worship. He says:

I am always amused, on this point, when I visit churches that carefully abandoned all signs of professional worship from a former age -robed choirs, processions, organists, and the like -and then invented new forms of worship that demand just as much professionalism in terms of competent people managing sounds systems, lighting, overhead projection and PowerPoint, and so on. There is nothing wrong with either. All can and should be done to the glory of God. But the implication that older styles of worship are somehow less spiritual and modern electronic worship is somehow more worthy is sheer cultural prejudice and should be happily laughed at whenever it emerges. (Emphasis mine)

I could not have said it any better myself.

  1. Dan says:

    >I have to agree. Unfortunately, I think this cultural prejudice occurs on both sides of the worship fence. I'm a baptist, so that means that the older crowd looks down on the younger for being hip and unholy, and the younger crowd looks down on the older as being out of touch. Truly, the most amazing, and sad, thing I've seen in churches in a while.

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