"In what he shared of his faith there was no reference to God as one who is personal to him—of God as his Abba, Daddy. Instead the man spoke of his confidence in his training and his devotion to the truths of the faith as the measure of a sound Christianity. My thought, by contrast, was that a new life in Christ has a real impact on someone."It's a common enough observation of much Christianity - confidence in truth and truths, and yet rare sense of personality and relationality in Christianity. I talk with Christians who can speak readily of God as Creator, as Sovereign and yet is God not fundamentally love? Didn't his love precede his creating? And isn't any authority and power he has formed by his gospel-shaped love that makes it less power-wielded and more power-yielded through the potency of a life-giving Father, the self-giving of the Son and the intimacy that we have through the ministry of the Spirit living within us?.
Frost ends with more questions:
"So let me ask this question: what are the true marks of a Christian? Is a sense of personal intimacy with God among them? Or is it just an option for some of us but not for all?"