EDITOR’S NOTE: Thanks to Bishop Willimon for the link. The link to Mitch Lewis is broken now because he has taken down his blog. The original post was one in which he “blamed” Willimon for turning him into a confessional Christian. My post makes much less sense now that Mitch’s is down.
I’ve been really enjoying a lot of what Mitch Lewis is writing in recent days. His latest post is no different. In it he traces his own observations of the various forms of American Protestantism and his own arrival through it all as a confessional Christian.
Yet I’ve come to believe in a form of Christianity that is at least as corporate as it is personal, that is sometimes intense but often routine, and that is confessional and liturgical at its heart. Creeds and confessions matter. What we believe matters. And, yes, I think to be a Christian is to be churchly. When I hear people disparage the routine, ordinary Sunday observances of word and sacrament by God’s assembled people, I cringe.
The whole post is rewarding. Just like Mitch, I’ve found my introduction to Methodist confessionalism in the works of Bishop William Willimon. His post does a nice job of surveying the field and locating his confessionalism.