the fatality of truth…letting go of the wobbly bits

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Yesterday I had this thought in my mind tumbling around like laundry stuck in the spin cycle. I just couldn't seem to open the door and get it out. It was this thought ; the " fatality " of truth. It 's truth that is in the quality or state of causing death or destruction, or truth that is in the condition of being destined for disaster.A lot of so called religious truth is like that, truth that has been carved out in stone, that has become indelible that we some how determine is eternal. Or … [Read more...]

the thief who messed things up…

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" Remember me ", the thief on the cross yells across to the God-man, Jesus. It is a profoundly haunting human question. To die, a life expired... is it a button pushed and all memory of you is wiped from the hard drive of existence.I struggled with this scene at the end of the gospels for years. It was like the early theologians had written this cleverly constructed story... the piece, like the last piece of a puzzle. You pop it into place... and with an air of satisfaction, under your … [Read more...]

Missional Implications of The Differend by J.F. Lyotard pt. 3

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In this third post, there is one more missional implication worth mentioning. Emergence can serve as a restorer and rebuilder in breached relationships in abusive Christian contexts. This is very close to my heart since I came out of abusive fundamentalist communities twice in my life. Once as a child and once as a young adult. I couldn't get the clue the first time, but as a survivor I see clearly how much room there is for this kind of advocacy in Emergence. Language games permeate Christian … [Read more...]

In the end, it’s all about love… nothing else.

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Ever notice how good theology is found in life and not the bible. This week, Fred’s wife died suddenly. He tried his best to be with her, but somewhere between Sidney and Victoria on a Handy Dart Bus she drifted out of this world across the threshold into what I can only imagine as infinite mystery.Fred is ninety-four and in this past year has been like that wobbly toy you had as a kid, no matter how hard you tried to stand it up, it would fall over. An old war wound, years of hard work and w … [Read more...]

Missional Implications of The Differend by J.F. Lyotard pt.2

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In the second part of this series, Lyotard's exploration of the historical debate surrounding Auschwitz is a case study in The Differend in which he establishes a powerful message. What do you do when the victims of differend suffer without a voice and die in that state? This is the greatest injustice in Lyotard's opinion.The horrific acts that occurred at Auschwitz are the most extreme example of this principle. The idiom of the suffering that was experienced cannot be rectified by a … [Read more...]

An Interesting Take on Emergence Christianity

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I know nothing about Dr. Steve McSwain, but according to his Huffington Post bio, his journey from Christian minister to practicing "a new kind of spirituality" has led him to being called "the voice for the SBNR (Spiritual But Not Religious)."Responding to the new Pew Research showing the continuing rise of the religious "nones" (from ~16% five years ago to ~20% now), McSwain writes about "Why Christianity Is Dying While Spirituality Is Thriving." Ironically, his article is less about … [Read more...]

Missional Implications of The Differend by J.F. Lyotard pt. 1

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During a graduate course in Postmodernity I took a few years ago, I stumbled upon a work by Jean-François Lyotard which continues to resonate in my emerging faith. Though I have never read this elsewhere, I firmly believe Lyotard's exploration of language games ties in perfectly with the emergence and missional conversations. I've excerpted a paper I wrote on the topic to provide some background and philosophical material to explore the ethical and missional implications of the differend for E … [Read more...]

Heal Me: Why Tommy and the White Western Colonial Church? By Randy Woodley

I began this conversation I called, See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me as a challenge to the colonial Western Church to be more inclusive of ethnic minorities at all levels. Here are titles of the prior post:Intro to SeriesSee MeFeel MeTouch MeThis series has taken quite a turn of events and has spread to voices well heard and seldom herd, representing both dominant and minority ethnic cultures. Feelings have been hurt and misunderstandings have occurred. In spite of all the … [Read more...]

Reply to Kurt Willems on, “Is the church still emerging?”

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After leaving the following comment on his blog, I wanted to follow up on this important question:An Emergence authority like Phyllis Tickle would say definitively yes. It's the topic of her latest book Emergence Christianity http://amzn.com/0801013550 On Patheos, Kurt Willems has recently brought up the issue about emerging churches here and here, which struck me as an emergent Christian. What does the adjective mean? My opinion is not authoritative, nor definitive, since this community h … [Read more...]

Emergence Christianity – Conversation

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Phyllis Tickle has lent her voice to many great efforts and in the last decade she has been investing herself in issues of Emergence.She has release a new book - Emergence ChristianityShe and I discussed this book and the issues as she sees them on my radio show this week you can listen in the video below.January 11-12, 2013 the book will come to life with Phyllis at the Emergence Christianity National Event.   … [Read more...]


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