For far too long, charismatic and liturgical, sacramental Christianity have been divorced, and one British pastor thinks it’s high time for a remarriage.”
I have seen and lived through the separation of a charismatic or Pentecostal, very experiential, emotionally engaged, lively, passionate, what you might call ‘experimental’ Christianity and a very traditional, rooted, rich, historically grounded, catholic with a small c, habit-forming, poetic-artistic tradition,” Andrew Wilson explained in a recent interview with The Christian Post.”
There’s beautiful poetry and prose in one of them and an awful lot of vibrancy and bounce in the other one,” he says.
Wilson is a teaching pastor at Kings Church-London, a charismatic congregation the meets in several locations across the city, and the author of the soon-to-be-released book Spirit and Sacrament: An Invitation to Eucharismatic Worship.
That invitation to “eucharismatic” worship, a phrase he coined blending “Eucharistic,” referring to the celebration of the Eucharist (Communion), and “charismatic,” which is, as he describes in the book, “a bucket term for any contemporary church that emphasizes the reality of supernatural experiences and the availability of the New Testament gifts of the Holy Spirit to ordinary believers today,” aims to bring these seemingly opposite things together.
However different they might appear, these expressions of faith are not and never were mutually exclusive. Eucharismatic is aspirational, not descriptive, Wilson explains, and there is no formulaic prescription for every church aiming for such unity.
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