I don’t “believe” in tradition as a moral or spiritual foundation, I just think that we need to know where we come from in order to know where we’re going. I personally don’t want to go where Canada is going, or where the U.S. is going, or even where Greenland is going for that matter. But I am interested in going where the Church is going, seeking to follow Jesus together, wherever that leads.
It is short sighted to only know the story of the Vineyard and take that as enough; it isn’t. To be fair, it isn’t enough for Baptists, Anglicans, or Catholics either. If Jesus is our Lord and not John Wimber, Charles Spurgeon, C.S Lewis, or Mother Teresa, then we must get to know the whole story (as the psychologist in Office Space says, “go way way way back, deep down.”). We can’t do it alone or all at once, but we must start, because if we don’t, we may one day be found following not Jesus, but our own culture-run version of him.