Herb is writing about the New Spirituality Movement in evangelicalism (and Adventism) at Adventist Today. He suggests “Seeker-friendly churches, such as Willow Creek and Saddleback, will join the New Spirituality wave or fade”–and the same for those Adventist churches that have modeled themselves on Willow Creek. He links to several Christianity Today articles and says, “the drift is palpable.”
I’ll wait until Herb is done before commenting more, but for now, I’d say I think he’s right. The “seeker-friendly” movement was all about dumbing down your worship to make it understandable and appealing to seekers. But that’s the problem–seekers want something more than what they already have in life. If you are just giving them what they already have, how would that be an answer to their quest? Both preachers and congregations are realizing that pablum isn’t filling. You need doctrinal and spiritual substance.
Where do you get this substance? Where do you find something that isn’t transient and market-driven? You might look to the past, and see what has lasted through all the ups and downs of history and human experience. But if you haven’t bothered to be well-formed in Biblical theology and spirituality, how will you evaluate the practices you come across in your search?