The Church on the Outside

I love the following stuff from theBlog blog. I wonder what will happen when the people of the Church stop seeing the ‘sanctuary’ as where God is and is released to discover God where ever God might be. I wonder how a view of "God outside of the box" of our buildings would change the way we do what we do. I wonder what would happen if we stopped trying to get our church statistics up and started seeing ministry as "out there" rather than "in here." What an interesting time we would live in…..

The postmodern, in social terms, is the end of secular space. It is the acknowledgement of the spiritual connectedness of all reality. Emerging Churches look to embody their way of life within postmodern, or holistic, or spiritual cultures. These postmodern missionaries accept the givenness of culture, look for the fingerprints of God there, and hopefully, on their best days, get behind and support the work of God in the unlikeliest places. The rallying cry of Emerging Churches is Psalm 24:1 (I heard this all over England), ‘the earth is the lords’. No bad people, no bad parts of town, and no bad times, just those areas waiting/groaning for redemption…to be transformed…to connect with God…

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Jesus

I use to think of Jesus a certain way and I’m finding more ‘voice’ to my views through N. T. Wright and others in the postmodern genre. Jesus is the one who tries to teach His followers the best possible way to live. Following Jesus doesn’t mean that things will be wonderful in my life, or that everything will work out. Following Jesus doesn’t mean I have to hold on to a set of beliefs and/or dogma. Following Jesus means living life the way He lived it. When I don’t, basically, I am swimming upstream from how life really is and operates. When I choose to live some other way, then I am trying to live a lie. Jesus _is_ the truth. He _is_ the Life. Any other way basically says, I don’t believe that Jesus knew the best way to live. What he calls me to is substandard to another way to live. This has huge implications to how I live and how I lead. It effects my view of sin and why sin is so destructive. Sin becomes trying to live by swimming against the flow of how life really is. Sin is denying the reality of life and living. Sin is trying to find a “new” way to discover abundant life. It just doesn’t work. …more later….

Post-modernism

I think the thing about the whole post-modern movement is the feeling that some are making it into some program. It seems like if there is anything that effects the church, we are able to turn it into a program and try to market it. For me, post-modernism is not a program, it is simply the way things are. For a while I was turning away from all the post modern books and such, but what I found is that I felt most comfortable when thinking about the issues post-modernism resources address. I am beginning to have some clarity about where I am in the mix of all this. I have stopped seeing life, and reality as some type of machine to be manipulated. Instead I see it more organically. This has huge implications for me as I serve a church. I’ve long ago tossed aside the programs that the Christian subculture keeps telling me I need to embrace to “save” my church, or have a “successful” church. Instead, I’m seeing this job as much more difficult than knowing the ‘right’ programs to implement. If this church was a machine, then having the right parts might be helpful. It ain’t no machine….I am finding more art to this gig than science. Although, perhaps science might be more art than science too.

Authors and Publishers on Postmodernism Here’s …

Authors and Publishers on Postmodernism

Here’s an article from the folks that market books to Christians about postmodernism.

It probably should amaze me about how much Mel Gibson’s Passion movie is changing things. So far, on ABC, it looks like they will have specials on Paul and also on Judas. I just saw that Primetime was going to have the “last hours of Jesus” special on Friday. I’m starting to wonder if at some time it might actually be ‘cool’ to hang out with Jesus.

On the O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly said he had just seen the movie. One of the things I noticed was that his feeling was Mel Gibson wanted people to basically follow Jesus’ example of love in the midst of hate and brutality. While that is important, it seems that the main issue of the passion, talking care of human sin, wasn’t addressed. I guess it causes me to wonder if the message of the cross and our sins will be lost on alot of the general public.