Reflection

Feminie Voice

date OCTOBER 10
date Eruvandi

The acceptance of being sinful comes easy to a woman. When I was unfaithful to a partner and messed up lives, it was easy to assume total responsibility and attempt suicide. The ensuing guilt at having survived has diminished over time, but a bagful of other incidents, some in which I was responsible for, some of which I wasn’t, have added their own savour to my inner landscape. I was ripe fodder for becoming a Christian. I could well understand the nature of sin that dwelt within me, and the need for atonement. The sweet relief in the notion that…

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Reflection

Are we there yet?

date OCTOBER 10
date Andrew Hamilton (Australia)

A few Forge intensives ago I listened to Mark Sayers provide an excellent overview of how the 'emerging church' has emerged so far... Its been an interesting journey with some signficant shifts in thinking having happened very rapidly already. Here's my plagiarised, summarised and modified adaption of Mark's presentation. Stage 1 - What Shall We Sing? - As trivial as it may seem now, I have a sense that the whole hymns / choruses, 'worship wars' saga was actually the start of something. It was a recognition that there just may be a different way to do things. It wasn't necessarily missional in…

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Post-modern African folk

date OCTOBER 10
date Todd Burkes (Paris, France)

As we think about making disciples and doing church among people who aren't likely to be drawn into typical churches through typical evangelism methods, we often think of this as a discussion for white people. Europeans. All this post-modern talk is for them. Right? I've gotten the impression that some think this stuff isn't relevant to the African-American church, or for Africans in general. I've heard some argue that Africans and African-Americans are still operating in many ways in the "modern" period -- the era after the Enlightenment up through recent times in which intellectual truth was the standard by…

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