While many have been wondering how we “do” church lately—so much so that it is becoming a cliché—the question is still a valid one. The evangelicalism which we inherited from our spiritual forefathers operated a certain way because of where and when it was active. The evangelicalism of 100 years ago assumed a familiarity with the Scriptures, even by non-believers, which provided a common understanding between those in the church and those outside of it. That common understanding is gone. The Bible has become a bookshelf ornament for most people—both the churched and the unchurched—if it is even that. The Bible is no longer even taught as literature, so any sort of knowledge of its contents cannot be taken for granted.

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