Reflection

Why I still use the word Postmodern

date OCTOBER 10
date Brian McLaren (USA)

Nearly everybody is sick of it. And no wonder, since it is used in a jillion different ways. Most commonly in standard conservative and liberal Christian circles, it is used to mean nihilistic, relativistic, anti-Christian, and otherwise slimy and bad. (As if the term “modern” were so much more hospitable to Christian faith!) Even among those who are more sophisticated in their understanding of the term, there is still a suspicion that if we aren’t careful, we’ll sell out and conform to whatever postmodern is, and thus prove unfaithful to the gospel. (As if we had the alternative of a…

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No more tea vicar

date OCTOBER 10
date Steve Collins (UK)

What if church was like your favourite cafe, in fact what if your favourite cafe was your local church? We chat with Steve Collins about his COFfEe concept. as an interior architect you presumably spend much of your working life considering corporate colour schemes, branding and how public spaces can represent the ideals and image of a company. are your 'COFfEe' concepts born out of frustration at the Church being totally useless at such things?no, they were just born out of seeing an environment that i thought would make a better church, namely the coffee houses of austin, texas. the…

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Finding Places of Resonance

date OCTOBER 10
date Gill Poole (UK)

The summer evening sky has finally gone dark. The beach is quiet again. The action has moved into town where the surfers are clubbing through the night. Partying with them are members of Dawn Patrol. One of these young Christians walks up to a big guy in the nightclub because he says he has a word for him from God ~ and the big guy bursts into tears. In school assemblies with two to three hundred 14-15 year olds, Ambassadors for Christ are seeing schools work taking off. Working with Christian Unions they present Gospel through drama … "you could…

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