Newbigin Misread? or, Missing Sentralized and Wondering

There will always be next year. But, I confess that I was looking forward to hanging out with David Fitch, for at least coffee over the next few days. Call it trip interrupted. I will spare you the painful details but when I learned the stones did not pass that spelled the end of my trip. Who wants to leave home to possibly writhe in pain, cry like a baby, and potentially miss out while being in the same town as the gathering you hoped to attend? Not me.

Add to the fact that my urologist could get me in Wednesday morning and could perform a procedure first thing yesterday morning and only a misguided teenager with a crush would have gone on to the concert gathering. So much for poor analogies.

Last week while I was clipping items to read I was intrigued by this one by LenĀ Hjalmarson, missional, post-Newbigin. I wonder what those gathered in Kansas City would say? How would they respond to the idea that we may have not read Newbigin deeply enough, or even rightly? Would it scuttle him in the pantheon of missional thinkers? Or, would we be compelled to make some adjustments?

Len relayes a comment by Tom Allen left on Alan Hirsch’s blog, Read More

Signs, Small Houses, Church, and Gospel Math

A new business is going in near where we live. The east facing sign stood alone for some time. It told passersby a new storage facility would soon be built. After months of no visible activity I wondered when would the construction begin.

Recently large equipment rolled in. Concrete was poured. Red steel arrived as did z-panels. After several months what has been promoted by sign is now seen in new buildings, new utility service, and a fence. What the sign promised is becoming reality.

We need more small storage buildings. It has become too expensive to build large enough houses to contain all our stuff. In this way the sign and the buildings expose our excess.

Elsewhere in the United States there is a small house movement. I saw this on Scot McKnight’s blog. Young families with children are deciding not to give into long-term mortgages. For some, they have sold their 1500 square foot house – modest for our parts – and built a house less than 500 square feet. In the clip from the story the couple now lives in a 168 square foot home.

For these young families what ranks higher on their scale is the ability to work less and enjoy more. Read More

Weekly Wrap – Maybe You Missed These Posts

It all started with a comment. Rick Davis, a.k.a. Aintsobad, continues to offer his reflections on the current election cycle – Election 2012. Soon he will be found at a new location on the interwebs but we will work to make him easily accessible for those of you who have come to enjoy his writing and our little skirmish over the merits of voting for the franchise.

The truth is I have been reading David Fitch since taking an online class with he and Geoff Holsclaw. David often writes on the politics of the Church in relationship to popular culture. He sits squarely in the Anabaptist Tradition and applies a bit of his own radical revisioning to the mission of God in the world. The good Canadian living in Chi-town mixes it up with his regular reading of the current popular Continental Philosophers. As such he may be blamed for thinking about different ways to say “No” to the power structures institutionalize disadvantaging “the other.”

Thinking through my own reading and sense of now to address the current political decisions, I left a comment at Aintsobad that was picked up as anarchist and chaositist. Read More

David Fitch Gets His Back to Church Sunday On

The Ex-Reverend always winces this time of year. He writes as a religion reporter and would by all rights be considered a religion observer. Even if he self-describes as having left the building, he is still very much interested in the vocabulary of religion. You may have an affinity against listening to or reading to such a person, but I believe we who still point people to a gathering of Christians should pay careful attention.

Sunday is Back to Church Sunday. Churches all over the Country have signed on to encourage people to come back to church. Lake life, summer vacations, and an all-around malaise may be overcome with a simple invitation. For years Churches have touted what you will get when you come to church. You may have read the rote that generally comes in a four-color, slick-finished postcard, “No boring sermons, Disneyland for children, informal attire,” etc. Read More

Instigators and Provocateurs at Sentralized

We like to hear from those who affirm what we already believe. Listening to those with whom we have already decided to disagree with requires work and humility. For me the latter reaps more reward than the former.

When missional moved into the mainstream Evangelical Christian conversation most sized it up and looked for a way to integrate the new moniker into their already existing pantheon of theo-ecclesial descriptors. There seemed a need to find a meaning with which fit what we already believed. Soon some, including me, wondered if it would suffer the fate of other words caught in the gears of the Christendom machine needing revitalization for its waning subculture.

Interestingly the word seems to have transcended gatekeepers, even if manifestos have been written. Read More