David F. Wells:
A Renewed Protestantism, one that looks like it has in its high moments in the past, will have about it:
- a joyous sense of knowing God, of knowing him through his Son;
- of being able to live in his world on his terms and celebrating his sovereign rule over all of it….
- it will be sinewy and tough;
- it will not cave intellectually to all the fads and rackets of our time;
- it will have an infectious joy in doing what is right;
- there will be a sense of awe in God’s creation presence;
- of gratitude in being able to serve him in all the callings he gives.
And here some of the things that have been torn apart by life and by its disarray will begin to be put back together.
—The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth Lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World, p. 174. Content reformatted for readability.
[See also: God in the Whirlwind, Wells’ forthcoming book discussing the vital relationship between God’s holiness and his love.]