I was reading John Wigger’s excellent biography of Francis Asbury tonight. Wigger argues that American Methodism took off after the Revolution because the Methodist church connected with the ethos of the country and the nature of the people. It was egalitarian and mobile. Its preachers were men who would have been farmers or laborers had they not preached — so they knew how to speak the language of the people. Thanks to Asbury, the church had a sense of revolutionary zeal of its own.
The account got me wondering what the ethos of our age is and what a church that connects with it would look like. In some ways, I feel like the least well-positioned person to answer this. My range of vision of the wider culture is pretty limited.
What would a church perfectly suited to penetrate American culture look like today?