Thursday, January 22, 2009
Monday, January 19, 2009
The church now seems to stand in the same place as God stood in some 2,500 years ago: misrepresented, accused of bigotry, portrayed as narrow=-minded and in love with power, only interesting in buildings, ready to smite the dirty and sinful, over-occupied with sex, and ready to lend support for unjust wars. -65
If we cannot adapt, the pressures of them will crush us too and form our fossilized homes, leaving us to museums and history books. -84
This in turn will mean that the idea of truth in the Emergent Church will change. It will no longer reside in some intangible conceptual work of theology that only the fully trained and ordained can unlock. Instead, the pursuit of it will be about our shared experience. Some will bring their wisdom from the church's history, others a story from their social work, still others a passage from Scripture, and others a song or poem..It is about an open dedication to understanding that each of us has a contribution to make, that no one is worthless, that no one person can have the final say on what is true. Of course, over time, the connections and associations that are positively reinforced over and over will become established in the memory and collective consciousness - but this will not be due to one person's input and not stored in one person's mind. There will no longer be a single external authority to which people look for truth, but rather a distributed network of authorities that people look to in order to assimilate multiple perspectives. -110-111
Thursday, January 8, 2009
I am currently working on my thesis which will be on the Emerging Church. I have written extensive articles and reviews on the movement because I feel that they represent one of the biggest threats to Biblical Christianity in the Church today. They are wolves in sheeps clothing.
Tickle's thesis is simple: every 500 years the Church goes through a fundamental shift and the Church is now experiencing one of those shifts. This shift is labeled the Great Emergence. The previous shift was the Great Reformation preceded by the Great Schism, Gregory the Great, and other movements. The basic question that is asked during these fundamental shifts is simply, "where now is the authority?"