The Dangers of “New and Trendy”

Cornelis P. Venema, the President of Mid-America Reformed Seminary, in the first paragraph of his book, Getting the Gospel Right, wrote the following, which will bear heavily upon my mind as I head to Nashville, Tennessee next week for the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in America:

“I believe it was C. S. Lewis who, commenting on the modern temptation to innovate in matters of worship and theology, wryly observed, ‘Fashions come and go, but mostly they go.’ Lewis’s point was clear enough: the Christian church, whose worship and theology represent the fruit of centuries of reflection upon Scripture, needs to beware of the contemporary fascination with the new and trendy.”

It is important to remember that today’s “new and trendy” is often tomorrow’s “old and forgotten.”

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1 Comment

  1. June 24, 2010 at 4:26 PM

    Amen.


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