No, not this blog. This Blog.
You may remember the book, Post-Rapture Radio: Lost Writings from the Failed Revolution at the End of the Last Century by Russell Rathbun. About that book, I wrote one of my best endorsements (some of us take great pride in our endorsements):
“Once in a while a book reaches out from the page, grabs me by the scruff of the neck, and says something so pithy, so smart, and irreverently funny that I almost bust a gut laughing. That’s what Post-Rapture Radio did to me on several occasions. The fact is, sometimes satire is the best way for us to see our own foibles, and this book is a wonderful antidote to much that ails the church. It’s A Confederacy of Dunces for Christians.”
Well, after quietly subverting the people of St. Paul, Minnesota, for a few years, Russell and Lamblove are back. Russell has begun posting more lost fragments from an uncompleted how-to book on preaching by Lamblove (which you can compare to the advice proferred here). And breaking news out of Jossey-Bass: The book will be out as a paperback this Spring. Indeed Russell (and maybe Lamblove’s ghost) may be joining a rumored book tour this summer as well.
So, check it out!
…which were improperly designed that led to the Minnesota bridge collapse, not God withdrawing his divine hand of blessing. Interesting.
The third defining characteristic among emergents is a hope-filled orientation. Emergents generally view the future with optimism, in stark contrast to the large number of American Christians who decry the present state of affairs, confident that Jesus’ imminent return hinges on disasters, wars, and evil. The hope of emergents is not an Enlightenment-influenced hope in human progress but what theologians call ‘‘eschatological hope.’’ That is, they interpret the Bible in such a way that Jesus brought good news (a.k.a. gospel), and there’s more good news to come, even on Judgment Day. In an emergent church, you’re likely to hear a phrase like ‘‘Our calling as a church is to partner with God in the work that God is already doing in the world—to cooperate in the building of God’s Kingdom.’’ Many theological assumptions lie behind this statement, not least of which is a robust faith in God’s presence and ongoing activity in the world. Further, the idea that human beings can ‘‘cooperate’’ with God is particularly galling to conservative Calvinists, who generally deny the human ability to participate with God’s work. This posture, however, is too passive for most emergents, who see the Bible as a call for us to contribute to God’s purposes.