In this article, Pastor George Grant responds to the new monastic movement.
Before I briefly respond, I just want to say that I am “all the sudden” exploring these ideas, not because I have a new-found passion, but instead because I see the benefit of dialogs over private considerations. By linking articles written by others, I am wanting to be in discussion with other thinkers, not just myself. I am doing this informally, sporadically, and for personal benefit. It is something I am “doing in my free time.”
I link this article by Pastor Grant for a few reasons. I just found it. I have met him and respect him. I disagree with him.
I don’t know if he will see this, but my follow up question would be, “How is new monasticism a retreat from culture?” I can see how certain branches of the monastic tradition fell prey to an unhealthy asceticism and isolation. But how, specifically, is new monasticism a retreat?