Poetry : Randy Woodley, The Haunting (A Tribute to Richard Twiss)

Richard, Randy, Terry, Jeanine, Asbury

Over the next several months I will be posting some of my poetry every Wednesday. Why? I feel like too many words are going out all around us with too little credence given them. It is difficult to hear through too many words, which often excuses us from doing. Sometimes a song or a poem can change the way we hear things or even change a life. For now, I'll keep my songs hidden and just share poetry. My poetry covers a wide variety of topics, all I feel are relevant to Emergence and the churches … [Read more...]

#SKEPTIMERGENT: the atheist’s dilemma

I would guess that most people who have grown up and stayed in churches do not know what it's like for many to leave. Please, if you are a person who has been in the church for your entire life, please take some time to read the stories of people who have left. And read about how cults function. Try to put yourself in the place of someone who simply can't go along. Someone who has a lot of doubts, questions, problems. Someone who is no longer able to let some things go. Most of us get depressed w … [Read more...]

Open Conversation: Friendships & Movements

tree sprout in hand

A couple of weeks ago, I wrote critically about a meeting of Emergence Christianity folks that happened in Memphis in advance of Phyllis Tickle's national book event.  I want to clarify a few things. I LOVE the emergent movement and it's the only reason I am a practicing Christian again, (nothing short of a miracle here.) I'm blessed by this body of work and by the friendships I have made here. It is, as a friend tells me a "generative conversation," (emergent movement speak for a mutually … [Read more...]

Emergent Agnosticism

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I have been struggling with classic depictions of God for the past several months. But I found great comfort in Tony Jones's recent admission in regards to agnosticism or igtheism.I’d be keen to hear what some of you agnostic and atheistic readers think of his essay. (For the record, I’m currently somewhere on the Christian agnosticism/igtheism spectrum.) I am curious if there are others out there in Emergent Village that find similar tendencies in the midst of emergence. Perhaps emergence … [Read more...]

Anthony Smith’s Answer to Diversity Within Emergence Christianity

Anthony Smith continues the conversation about diversity within emergence Christianity … [Read more...]

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

Jean-Francois Lyotard by Wikimedia Commons - Bracha L. Ettinger

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...]

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

Jean-Francois Lyotard by Wikimedia Commons - Bracha L. Ettinger

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

Dr. Steve McSwain

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

Jean-Francois Lyotard by Wikimedia Commons - Bracha L. Ettinger

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...]


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