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A leap of Faith

date OCTOBER 10
date Jonny Baker (UK)

I recently saw the first screening of jump london which was a documentary of three guys bringing the art of parkour to 14 of london's famous buildings/landmarks. it was simply stunning... Parkour is the art of using your surroundings as a playground to leap across and navigate in creative and playful ways. for these guys it included leaping across rooftops, breathtaking handstands on the edge of buildings and jumps onto concrete from great heights. i read a review of someone describing it as skateboarding without skateboards which was pretty accurate. you may have seen the bbc one advert with david…

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Emerging churches in post-Christendom

date OCTOBER 10
date Stuart Murray-Williams (UK)

What kind of church can participate effectively in God's mission and incarnate the good news in the emerging culture of post-Christendom, where the church is on the margins rather than in the centre? In Christendom, questions about church required examination of neither culture nor mission. Church was primary; culture was a friendly and hospitable environment shaped by the story the church told. There were many discussions about church - doctrine, liturgy, authority, sacraments, ministry, architecture and pastoral theology - but cultural exegesis and reflection on mission did not shape developments. But the self-confidence of a dominant social institution expecting culture…

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The Emerging Church and Cultural Creatives

date OCTOBER 10
date Chris Vermeulen (UK)

American Sociologist Paul H. Ray suggests in a study carried out in the United States in 1996, that something very significant is underway below the radar screens of the media. His research was to measure changes in social values and how they change over time. He identifies three major groups, which he calls "Traditionalist" (29%), "Moderns" (47%) and "Cultural Creatives" (24%). He describes them roughly as follows. The Traditionalist is conservative, the religious right, provincial, characterised by rather rigid, dogmatic belief systems. They tend to reflect traditional values and attend the local church, and prefer TV to reading. The Moderns…

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