Review of Brian McLaren’s Upcoming Book

Identity. Fundamental to us all. Yet so seldom explored. What does it mean to be a Christian in the 21st century? The past few months I've been in a sort of identity crisis. My Christian upbringing has been so fundamental to my worldview that I've rarely taken the time to look at my life from an outside perspective. Being somewhat at a cross roads I decided to ask a new friend for advice. I've emailed Brian McLaren in the past, and, to my pleasant surprise, he has been remarkably available to … [Read more...]

An Emergent Islam? Oh, yeah

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Over the last decade I have been so encouraged to see the same impulses that have made many of us desire "culturally indigenous" versions of our faith are happening in every stream of Christianity and in even in Judaism. A few years ago I met the good people from JumpStart and was thrilled to see many of the similarities amongst these Rabbis with what we are doing in Emergent - seeking expressions of our faith that are as fitting for our day as they can be and not being tied to the cultural … [Read more...]

See Me: A Call to Christians in the West to Invite Those Different Than Them to the Table by Randy Woodley

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(Read the Introduction to this series) So, what is the cost to the whole community of faith when a particular part, in this case indigenous followers of Jesus and other minorities, are shut out? One of the most severe and indicting statements made by the Apostle Paul concerned those advantaged believers “hogging” the whole table and keeping out those who were disadvantaged.                 … [Read more...]

” Forest Life: by Shane Crash “…radical, scandalous redemptive imagination

For years I have been exploring the idea of faith on the fringe of church-ianity and beyond. I like to explore what I call, " radical, scandalous redemptive imagination." I believe our old maps are worn out, in a landscape that has changed dramatically, and continues to undergo rapid change...old maps can not take us into new lands. I believe poets, story tellers and artists have the uncanny ability to be new world prophets...to resurrect old myths, create new metaphors to recapture the … [Read more...]

A Role Playing Game of Reenacting Killing Bin Laden? Are you kidding me?

Today on my Radio Show I took exception to a gun range where people pay to be trained in firing high power weapons and then have a chance to kill Osama Bin Laden in a role-playing game.   … [Read more...]

A Humble Emergent Reply to Ben Witherington III

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Dear Dr. Witherington, I feel as but a mere ant to respond to a man of your caliber, but I was impressed by your recent post in regard to the anti-ecclesial rhetoric within emerging communities. Hopefully my meager efforts will reassure you that you are on point. Furthermore, we might not be so far off in our ecclesiology. First, your words are very well put and poignant for us to consider in the emerging conversation. While it was not a revelation to me that ekklesia is an anthropological … [Read more...]

A Seat at The Table: Everyone Plays

My friend and fellow Common Tabler Pete comes at emergence not via the plethora of niche-market Christian books, but through science.  He is a systems engineer by trade, a musician by training, and a scientist by passion.  Last month he came and guest lectured in my Wesley Seminary course on Emergence Christianity, to rave reviews. He talked about systems theory, special relativity, quantum physics, flocking, music, and emergence, relating all of it to the grassroots changes we are seeing in … [Read more...]

See Me, Feel Me, Touch me, Heal me…A Challenge to the Colonial Christian West by Randy Woodley

In 1969 The Who released the now famed rock opera album Tommy. Mostly written by Who guitarist Pete Townsend as a way of working through his abusive childhood, Tommy was a hit. As I think about the abusive relationship between to colonial Christian West and the indigenous peoples who have been degraded, exploited, and now forgotten I bring a challenge. Many of my friends have said, "okay, I agree, but what can I do?" So, I will try my best to come up with actionable points in each post that we … [Read more...]

Redemptive imagination: the intersection of humanity and God…future faith

This is one of my favorite stories is the gospels ( John 6:1-15 ), every time I read it, it is like a sun rise that slowly and mysteriously illuminates the landscape of reality to endless possibilities.     It continuously breaks the illusion that God is restricted to borders...that he gravitates to those he likes. As Jesus reminds us in Matthew 5:45, " In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil … [Read more...]

(G)od With(Out) Religion OR The God Who BeCame an Atheist

  There is this moment of intrinsic subversion to exclusivity in the Jesus Narrative. But what is moment, if not something captured in and by time. An idea bound and contingent in space, a dependent object that relies upon its own ontological teleology. Meaning that the moment itself finds its purpose in being that very moment, and the events that transpire are then transcendentalized by their very innate placement within the narrative. A few of Jesus friends encounter people who dont … [Read more...]


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