Reflection

What is Emerging church, does it matter?

date OCTOBER 10
date Nadia Bolz-Weber (USA)

So what is Emerging Church? This is what people often ask me, and despite loads of "conversation" I still am unable to give what I consider to be a good answer. I know what I mean when I use the term, but that is certainly not a universal conception. The emerging churches that I have encountered have, to a great extent, been comprised of urban, post-modern, progressive young adults who are missionally minded, committed to community and spiritual practice while figuring out what it means to be followers of Christ in the messy, ambiguous world in which they find themselves.…

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Reflection

A Call to Missional Revolution

date OCTOBER 10
date Andrew Hamilton (Australia)

Ivan Illich was once asked what is the most revolutionary way to change society. Is it violent revolution or is it gradual reform? He gave a careful answer. Neither. If you want to change an alternative story, he concluded’Tim Costello p.33 In their book The Shaping of Things to Come, Mike Frost and Alan Hirsch begin to tell that alternative story. They state up front that they will be ‘advocating a wholesale change in the way Christians are doing and being church.’ That is not an understatement as what follows is both an incisive critique of much current missiology/ecclesiology as…

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Post-Community?

date OCTOBER 10
date Geoff Holsclaw (USA)

All things have become “post-” in our culture because the past is undesirable, but the future is unnamable. From post-industrial, post-literate, post-imperial, post-colonial, post-Christian, and post-modern, various labels are employed to describe this emerging culture. One “post-” we need to consider more closely is post-individualism (yes, even you who already emphasize “community”). Individualists relentlessly believe that “anything that would violate our right to think for ourselves, judge for ourselves, make our own decisions, live our lives as we see fit, is not only morally wrong, it is sacrilegious.” This essentially is the American dream, the freedom to actualize my individual…

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