The Move to Emergent

Last night I had the privilege of having dinner with a few friends. One of the couples is moving 1000 miles to minister to artists. They are artists, but for the past few years they have been Pastors of worship and arts at a mid-size church (700-900). What struck me was how comfortable they seemed with ’emergent’ issues, even though they really haven’t studied or moved into the ’emergent’ scene too much.

I told a different friend that I believe the Spirit of God moves and is moving. The question is whether we are open to hear it. My worship pastor friend definitely is. He is moving and doesn’t yet have a job or a place to live. He is leaving, because he heard the Spirit of God say “go.” As I struggle with the current issues within the church, I realize as we follow the Spirit of God, our lives will look different than those who don’t. I don’t want to be too judgmental here, but I will say it anyway, I wonder, in the traditional church, how much we have either stopped listening to God’s Spirit. Perhaps it isn’t that we have stopped listening, perhaps it is more of an unwillingness to allow our lives to be made uncomfortable or messy. After all, the church hasn’t done very well with the messy and we sure love to be comfortable. As I think along these lines, an Old Testament story comes to mind. What I wonder is how many of us are bowing down when the music plays, to what are we bowing down, and what penalty does standing involve?

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