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Written May 31st, 2007 with 2 Comments »

When do honest attempts at incarnational relationships morph into cheap religious pluralism and/or spiritual syncretism (both are very different from deep inter-faith conversation, which is something I support with all of my being)? I’ll have nothing to do with cheap religious pluralism, spiritual syncretism, and/or reckless appropriation in the name of an increasingly thin and […]

Written May 22nd, 2007 with 2 Comments »

If I am ever somehow seduced by what I will gently call “a thin, plastic, flashy, over-produced, over-marketed, theology lite, sales-pitchy form of Christianity,” someone please hit me straight upside my head with a righteous spade shovel. I’m serious. I thank God for serious Anabaptism and the Emerging/Missional Church. The combination of the two results […]

Written May 19th, 2007 with 6 Comments »

I believe church can be done differently in Lancaster City and the vicinity. I believe we can train strong leaders to plant & lead strong house churches and strong community groups wherein seriously edifying transformation and discipleship can take place. If this is all done faithfully we can then trim down the usually bloated production […]

Written May 15th, 2007 with 2 Comments »

Now that seminary is spent I have been happily reading all of the books I’ve been wanting to read but could not read. Nope. I could not read any of them. Instead, I was forced to shelve them all while I checked off books from required reading lists @ seminary. Now, lest I mislead you, […]

Written April 07th, 2007 with No Comments »

It appears as if my family and I are going to be spending more time in Lancaster City after my graduation from seminary! I graduate from seminary on May 12th, but all grades for graduating students must be turned in by the last week of April. The last week in April is in three weeks! […]

Written April 02nd, 2007 with No Comments »

This is a thought carried over from a previous post for further contemplation and expansion: Worship, throughout most of modernity, and ages prior, has been more reflective of a conscious and deliberate construction of relationship around doctrinal (correct or otherwise) priority. Modernity’s relational construct, as a result, focused almost entirely upon correct belief; this focus […]

Written April 02nd, 2007 with 3 Comments »

There is no divide between sacred and secular in Emerging-Missional worship. All of life is considered to be sacred. Emerging-Missional worship is dedicated to sacralization. “Sacralization, the process of making all of life sacred, represents the interaction of kingdom and culture. Emerging churches tear down the church practices that foster a secular mind-set, namely, that […]

Written March 31st, 2007 with No Comments »

Emerging-Missional worship is reflective of the movement’s dedication to relationship built upon open and honest conversation. This is a different sort of expression, to say the least. Worship, throughout most of modernity, and ages prior, has been more reflective of a conscious and deliberate construction of relationship around celebrated doctrine, correct or otherwise. Modernity’s relational […]

Written March 30th, 2007 with No Comments »

I found David Harrington Watt’s thoughts on “cultural captivity” to be surprisingly interesting. No, I’m not a fanboy of his book, or its $50.00 price tag, or his so-called Ethnography, but I do think he is saying something seriously important as regards this particular subject. Well, he might not actually be saying anything at all, […]

Written March 11th, 2007 with 2 Comments »

I picked up a copy of The Forgotten Ways by Emerging Missional Church (EMC) thinker Alan Hirsch. So far, it stands out as one of the best missions reads I have picked up in quite some time. It’s right up there with Stetzer’s Planting Missional Churches. Yes, it’s a stand out, and unarguably so. Hirsch’s […]