Reflection

When Rockstars Deny the Foundation of Religion

date OCTOBER 10
date George Elerick (UK)

I lift my eyes up to the mountains, where does my help come from?* – King David, King of Israel“Ancient Egyptians viewed their pharaohs as living gods they were the personification of AMUN-RA the king of gods and when they died they became true gods. Therefore these pharaohs weren’t only regarded as the kings of Egypt but as divinity.” The king in the ancient world was the person you went to with all of your problems, the king had all the answers. In fact, on some ancient BC archaeological scrolls, something simlar to these words were found “The king is…

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How far can your imagination go?

date OCTOBER 10
date Richard Sudworth (UK)

If there is to be hope amidst the despair of impotence, we must reimagine what the church can be. While studying many manifestations of the emerging church, in South Wales, three themes became clear.. These are reimagined worship, reimagined discipleship and reimagined building. Reimagined worship: from the intoned chants of high church liturgy to the ¾ rhythm of 1970’s country rock choruses, there is a consensual belief in sung music as the ultimate expression of corporate worship. This corporate worship, preferably in sacred places, whether they be ancient sanctuaries or blessed warehouse space, is led by a hierarchy of "experts" with…

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What African Theologians can Teach the Emerging Church

date OCTOBER 10
date Geoff Holsclaw (USA)

How can we replace the project of relevance with the project of identity, and how might this change of perspective help the Emerging Church? How can we as Western Christians think through the questions of 'religious past' and 'cultural present' as the intersecting points of our identity rather than as a place for the project of relevance? (I offer this reflection not for love of criticism, but for love of the Emerging church, and not as an outsider finding fault, but as an insider hoping to fortify, and I offer it as a continuation of Line of Convergence: Global-Urban-Postmodern. It…

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