Hey all- consider this a solicitation for for articles/reviews/etc along the theme of the culturally savvy Christian for June’s Next Wave. We’ll have an interview with Dick Staub, author of The Culturally Savvy Christian: A Manifesto for Deepening Faith and Enriching Popular Culture in an Age of Christianity-Lite (which I haven’t gotten to read yet) Read more about June Next Wave…[…]
All I dream about is church. Our church, our people… occasionally, my kids and more often my wife, but most of my dream energy seems to go towards church. Generally I’m interacting with some folks from evergreen, trying to work something out, at a community dinner, a Sunday gathering, something. And often, I’m just totally Read more about dreams…[…]
A number of people have asked me what I think of the interview between Doug Pagitt and Ingrid Schleuter, she of the newly re-imagined Slice of Laodicea website, sworn enemy of all things emerging church.
First, I know Ingrid isn’t hiding her position on the Emerging Church at all…
Postmodernism‚Äôs war against the meaning of words came through loud and clear today. Yet ironically, the emergents use words to
undermine the Word. They are inconsistent. If words can‚Äôt mean anything
authoritatively, why are these guys writing so many books? Why do words
mean something when Pagitt or McLaren undermines basic biblical
doctrine, but not when a Bible-believing Christian shares the fact that
‚Äúall have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God‚Äù? At bottom, the
emergents believe very much in the power of words. Without them, they
could not do the work of destroying confidence in the Word of God. With
their endless questionings of basic teachings like original sin, a
literal hell, etc. they chip, chip, chip away at the faith and beliefs
of Christian young people. They use ‚Äúgreat swelling words‚Äù of wisdom,
as the Book of Jude describes, but are clouds without rain.
and I am amazed that Doug doesn’t seem to have known who this top-ten emerging church enemy is (though in some ways, that’s actually kind of nice, if you think about it…), but at minimum a Google search previous to appearing on the program probably would have been wise… and probably would have provided enough info to at least suggest that this isn’t the nice, book-plugging interview that Ingrid wanted Doug to think it was. Yeah- I think Ingrid was a bit tricky with this one- calling Doug’s book "fascinating" in the beginning of the interview and not at least giving him the courtesy of a bit of back story of her involvement in harshly critiquing both him and the emerging church in general. I may be wrong, but it seems this was an ambush. I think Ingrid’s questioning showed her true colors as the interview went on, but still…
To let Doug speak without knowing that he would be not only critiqued but mocked afterwards was dirty pool. Doug deserved to know to whom he was speaking, I think…
But, the last time I was with Doug, I told him something that had been on my mind for awhile…
You have got to kidding me…
Riddle: What’s the ONLY thing worse than a church trying to boost attendance by giving away a house? Answer: A church trying to boost attendance by giving away a house, and then NOT giving the house to the winner. I won’t say much about how angry this stuff makes me… A couple of choice quotes: Read more about Stealing from the poor to give to the rich![…]
In David Allen’s very awesome Ready For Anything: "Fortunate indeed is the man who takes exactly the right measure of himself and holds a just balance between what he can acquire and what he can use." -Peter Mere Latham
A Friday around the room of people/places who dug/took issue with bob.blog recently (wherein bob shamelessly links to others who have linked to/mentioned him…uh, all in an effort to gin up some technorati points)… John Smulo liked the discussion on legalism within the Southern Baptist Convention, re. their position of forbidding certain people from drinking Read more about Phriday is for Phishing…[…]
Oh my gosh… So, I’ve never been a huge Blake fan, but seeing him go toe to toe, doing The Show with Doug E Fresh tonight got him all the respect I have to give. That was awesome! The guy can seriously beat box… Brought me right back to High School too 🙂
Okay- I had FULLY intended to let the SBC thing go, but I want to highlight one comment and one question along with something from another blog, so… If you are DONE with the SBC thing, DO NOT click below, yeah?
Don’t complain if you click!!!
Okay, here we go…