Written on January 13th, 2007 by Shawn Anthony
I picked up Ed Stetzer’s Planting Missional Churches this afternoon while my wife purposefully wandered up and down the isles of our local Giant Supermarket. There is a Provident Bookstore located in the same shopping arcade, so I usually skip the family grocery gathering and instead hang quite aimlessly but peacefully in a few of Provident’s isles. Saying the coincidental existence of the two stores in the same arcade has miraculously saved our marriage would be way, way too much hyperbole, but I will admit that the physical coincidence sure has made our time spent together doing those menial things that need to be done (e.g., grocery shopping) so much more pleasant for both of us (especially for my wife, who absolutely hates how I shop for our groceries)! At any rate, I’m really digging what Stetzer is writing re: missional church planting. A great example: “Missional means actually doing mission right where you are. Missional means adopting the posture of a missionary, learning and adapting to the culture around you while remaining biblically sound. Think of it this way: missional means being missionary without ever leaving your zip code.” I especially would note the “… while remaining biblically sound” part of his definition. I would - and do - happily pass on the Emergent expression advanced by Brian McClaren and his followers (Neo-Neo Liberalism? Postmodernistic Relativity? A Spiderman stuck in his Venom suit [an alien symbiote bent on permanently bonding with its host]?), but I will - and do - happily claim my Christian roots already growing deep into the sufficiently rich and Biblically sound Emergent/Missional topsoil tilled by people like Stetzer (from what I have read thus far), Driscoll, etc. A great read, indeed. My picture is getting clearer, as my graduation date from seminary creeps closer and closer.