In my illustrious career, I have now been mention twice by “What In The World!” (sic, “!” instead of “?”). What in the world is “What In The World!”, you ask. Why, it’s “A news service from Bob Jones University helping believers find out what the devil is up to.”
In 2000, I made Volume 27, Number 03:
A series of articles on “seven trends to watch in the next decade,” published in Youthworker (1-2/00), includes the “good news” of the rising “postdenominational church.” “Now more than ever, Christians are connecting across denominational lines,” the article claims.
Tony Jones of Colonial Church of Edina (Minnesota), author of the article, cites an example of “what God’s doing in our town.” Congregationalists, Catholics, Baptists, Presbyterians, and Covenanters join together at a high school vespers service once a month, led entirely by students. A network of youth workers also meet for lunch each month to fellowship and pray.
And now I’ve been mentioned in Volume 40, Number 2:A group of progressive Jewish synagogues called Synagogue 3000 (S3K) is going to meet together with the Emergent network for interfaith dialogue. Emergent is a leading
organization in what is called “the emergent church,” a loosely organized group of Christians who advocate postmodern ways of reading the Bible. Brian McLaren, often regarded as the “pastor” of the emergent church, says that Emergent and S3K “have so much common ground on so many levels. . . . I’m thrilled with the possibility of developing friendship and collaboration in ways that help God’s dreams come true for our synagogues, churches, and world.” Lawrence Hoffman, a senior fellow at S3K, says that the world is experiencing “nothing short of a genuine spiritual awakening,” offering “a chance for Jews and Christians to do God’s work together.” Tony Jones, national coordinator for Emergent-U.S., says it is with “great joy and promise that we partner with the leaders of S3K to talk about the future and God’s kingdom.”