If you are interested in more simple / more organic expressions of the church, then you definitely want to read Josh’s post. And, you will probably want to read more about and by Sparks who lived from 1888-1971 and who moved away from more institutional forms of church when he was in his thirties (1926).
Here’s the first paragraph of Josh’s biography:
Theodore Austin SparksÂ was born in London, England in 1888.Â His life and ministry extended well into the 20th century, based out of his homeÂ inÂ HonorÂ Oak.Â Sparks was ordained a pastor in the Baptist denomination at the age of 25, but not long into his tenureÂ he experienced a personal crisis ofÂ conscience, stemming from a new and altogether revolutionary apprehension of the Person of Jesus Christ and Godâ€™s eternal purpose concerning Him.Â Â It was an encounter of such significance that itÂ led him to abandon the title â€œReverendâ€ and withdrawÂ his connection to theÂ institutional church system of his day.
It seems that Sparks was dealing with some of the same issues that we’re facing today – around 100 years ago.
Have you read anything by Sparks? Do you know anything about him? What can you share with my readers?