Month: March 2009

Mark Sayers on “mini-movements”

Streams. Lakes. Now “mini-movements.” Here Mark Sayers connects the “mini-movements” of Protestantism with the emerging “mini-movements” in the “Emerging Missional Church.” Phyllis Tickle noted that one of the consequences of the Reformation was that we became “pathologically divisive.” What do you think?

Emerging – Adjective or Verb (Reflection on Albuquerque Pt 2)

In something of a “let’s see where our opposition comes from” move, denominations have been fearing the “emerging church” and yet have a hard time identifying it. That may be due to the fact it is more a verb than an adjective. Consider.

ist2_606279_statistics_3Ed Stetzer offered research on the “Emerging Church” for a variety of groups which was eventually published in the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Journal of Theology. The presentation honed in on the “Emergent” stream of the Emerging Church. Ed wrote from a “missiological” perspective narrowing his focus to matters of contextualization though not without some theological  questions along the way. His First Person piece in Baptist Press (found here at Crosswalk) described three “streams” in the “Emerging Church.” There is little doubt the implication was that some were “safer” than others. Ed always noted the good questions created by the “Emerging Church” but generally criticized the perceived “low view of Scripture.” Eventually Ed settled where others have that the “Emerging Church,” especially as it was expressed in the Emergent brand, appeared nothing more than neo-liberalism, a resurrection as it were of liberalism long thought “dead.”

Recently Michael Spencer wrote his now famous piece on the collapse of Evangelicalism. In his follow-up piece, “What will be left?”, he notes,

I believe the emerging church will largely vanish from the evangelical landscape, becoming part of the small segment of progressive mainline Protestants that remain true to the liberal vision . . . I donâ??t believe this movement, however, is going to have much influence at all within future evangelicalism.

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Loam, Compost, Life and Death – Thoughts from the Edge

Gardening, even urban gardening, is a big hit. Grow your own. Sometimes we use compost material, other  times we use loam. These elements pain the picture of life from death. Jesus notes in John 12 that unless a grain falls into the ground and dies it cannot give life. He was speaking of wha his death woud mean – life. Here are some thoughts on two of the Lectionary texts for this week inspired as it were from time with friends Mike and Barry, among many others.

Friday Photo – Taxi In Motion

Sitting on the steps outside Tommie and Jason’s new digs, I captured a shot for this week’s digital photography course assignment – “Motion.”