Why Christian Discipleship Needs Reformed Theology

Derek J. Brown | January 4, 2017


What is essential to the Christian life? What beliefs and practices do believers in all stages of growth need to be called to again and again throughout their lives?

In two recent works, Rowan Williams—former Archbishop of Canterbury (2002–2012)—distills the Christian life into a few basics. In Being Christian, Williams focuses on baptism, the Bible, Eucharist, and prayer. In Being Disciples, he offers brief comments on the triad of faith, hope, and love as well as forgiveness, holiness, engaging culture as Christians, and walking in the Spirit.

Both books are short and, even if you’re a slow reader like me, can be read in less than two hours apiece. And each comes with glowing endorsements. Justin Welby—the current Archbishop of Cantebury—claims Being Disciples is “the most beautiful writing on discipleship” he knows. Walter Brueggemann speaks highly of each, praising Being Christian as a “clear and accessible exposition” that represents “Williams at his best.”

Short. Beautiful. Clear. Accessible. As the stack of books on Christian discipleship continues to grow beyond the reach of most busy laypersons, words like these are obviously compelling. The essentials of Christian discipleship offered in captivating prose and manageable portions? Yes, please. 

Unfortunately, I can’t agree with Welby and…


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