Just Another Fad?

Randall Balmer’s excellent piece of journalism on Pastor Stan White, “Why the Bishops Went to Valdosta” [Sept. 24] was more affirming than surprising. My family and I have been worshiping in an Episcopal church after 21 years in fundamentalist evangelical churches. I can relate to what White described as unexplainable restlessness and where his pilgrimage ultimately led him.

Tom Howard, Peter Gillquist, Robert Webber, and Richard John Neuhaus may be ahead of their time. It is conceivable that evangelicals will move in substantial numbers to liturgical churches in the 1990s. The sad thing would be if liturgical worship became another evangelical fad.

Nelson H. Keener

Reston, Va.

I am a bit confused by the article. Was it reporting or advocacy? Several statements lead me to believe the latter.

I have no quarrel with what happened in Valdosta, and no quarrel with CT reporting on such a remarkable move from classical Pentecostalism to traditional liturgy by a former Assemblies of God minister. Just be sure the reporting is not a subtle endorsement for others to follow.

James R. Braddy

Country Centre Church

Sacramento, Calif.

It seems to me that CT should be, above all things, a magazine of integrity and honesty. Balmer’s article left a great deal to be desired relative to accuracy. The ecclesiastical leadership in the Georgia District of the Assemblies of God could have given a clearer picture of White’s “journey … from the Pentecostalism of Evangel Assembly to the charismatic fervor of Church of the King.” It was not nearly as “long and gradual” as Balmer was led to believe.

J. M. Ashburn, Th.D.

Assembly of God Church

Woodstock, Ill.

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