- I have lots of friends in ACNA, and a bunch of them are in Bedford.
- ACNA is taking in the real missionaries that TEC is throwing away. The influence of mission-minded leaders is why a person like Rick Warren was invited to speak and why he accepted.
- But the 'tude thrown at me on the other site does give me pause. How much of the old Episcopalian snobbery, even if "traditional," has relocated? It didn't advance the Gospel in TEC, and it ain't gonna advance it in ACNA.
- I think that the jury remains out on Anglicanism in North America... but I will keep praying and working.
Earlier, I blogged about the value of Rick Warren's insights into congregational ministry, which he shared with a newly formed Anglican Church in North America (ACNA).
But on another site, a commenter wrote:
I specifically avoided Warren, a non-reading, broad evangelical. Give me some substance and Warren didn't fail to meet my zero-standards. Please afford us some depth.
When I posted a reply defending Warren's value for a church that needs its ideas put to work in mission, the commenter came back with:
Thanks Tim for your curious thoughts, although rather unhelpful theologically. Thanks again.
So there ya go. I can have ACNA, with a wrapped-too-tight traditional museum/church constituency, or I can have The Episcopal Church, with a campy-albeit-moldy cabaret/church constituency.
Neither vision very inspiring, thanks. My doubts about Anglicanism just keep on growing.