I find myself regularly repeating a phrase I heard from my friend Jim Henderson - We must stop comparing our best with their worst.
Garrick Roegner one of my students reading Bebbington, pointed me to this article by Laura Turner, the daughter of american historian Mark Noll. (BTW you can read all my students blogging about their reading at http://dminlgp.com).
In her article, 'The Gift of Being Evangelical', Laura Turner tells the story of her being brought up Evangelical and what a gift it has been to her.
As I read it, I thought how it so wonderfully embodied that phrase - We must stop comparing our best with their worst.