January 26, 2006
It has been great to keep up with Mark as he ministers in Great Britain, along with Archbishop Peter Jensen and others. Mark, I’m glad your discussion on church membership was "amicable and interesting." That is a good start, of course. You mentioned that the Anglicans, functioning as an established church, are "curious of how to make it work." That’s an honest observation, and honest believers in the gathered churches must admit that "making it work" requires both grace and constant learning. Nevertheless, I am more convinced every day that this is the means of our rescue from the cult of personal autonomy and the travesty of cheap grace.
May God bless your travels and ministry in England. I leave you a favorite quote from a most quotable British source, C. S. Lewis: "He that but looketh on a plate of ham and eggs to lust after it hath already committed breakfast in his heart."