Michael Horton, one of our most insightful Christian writers, has a striking article in “Touchstone,” entitled All Crossed Up about two models of ministry and worship. He describes them with this set of dichotomies:
Ordinary ExtraordinaryFormal Casual
Predictable and Disciplined Spontaneous and “Authentic”
Respectful of office Respectful of persons
Traditional InnovativeDeferential Independent
He argues that whereas the Bible and historic Christianity favor the left-hand side, today’s church culture favors the right-hand side.