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With everyone writing obituaries and whatnot for the emerging church movement, and with myself coming across more and more as a critic, I feel a personal push towards taking a time-out to recollect some positives and praise for a movement, that while mixed, and in many ways losing momentum and splintering, has been significant for Read more about 5 Things I’ve loved about the Emerging Church movement…[…]
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‚ÄúThe Didache is the most important book you've never read,‚Äù starts Tony Jones, in his latest book, The Teaching of the Twelve: Believing & Practicing the Primitive Christianity of the Ancient Didache Community.
And while Tony's examination of this ancient Christian manuscript is engaging and thoughtful, I just don't know if I'd go quite that far. I enjoyed reading this book- well-written, I think well-researched… but the main premise is something I find myself wanting to push back against somewhat.
The Didache, according to The Teaching of the Twelve, records "a primitive Christianity" of about the same era in which the synoptic Gospels were composed, and seemingly unfamiliar with the theology of the Apostle Paul.
And in that, it's a helpful look at some of the rhythms of the early church. The question, of course, is what can/does that early Christianity mean for us today?
Tony attempts to answer that question as he examines the Didache, by also looking at a small, modern community of Christians who call themselves the Cymbrogi- a house church of sorts which includes Trucker Frank, a friend we've gotten to know from some of Tony's other works.
The Cymbrogi take from the Didache a very praxis-oriented approach to their walk with Jesus. They are in search of that primitive Christianity that "emphasizes how you live."
Tony writes, "The Didache's vision of communal life in Christ is powerful and potentially transformative. For the Cymbrogi, the Didache's primitive rhythms of faith have changed them personally. Each one of them I've spoken to has professed that the raw, organic Christianity that they find in the Didache and now attempt to practice is exactly what they've been looking for all along." Tony continues, "The Didache offers something of an alternative to what many know of Christianity. The real power of the Didache is its ability to remind us of what is truly important in Christianity: showing the love of Jesus to the world."
Okay… Here's where I start to wonder.
Two thoughts have collided for me today… Today's newspaper contained some great news. Nearly $9million of federal stimulus money is flowing to Portland in the form of a grant to open a health care clinic in the middle of downtown for the poor. And the best part (at least in my mind)? It's taking an Read more about On Burger King Health Clinics and Christmas Humbug…[…]
Didn’t get to the two posts I wanted to do today- the early church and an interaction with Tony Jones’s new book on the Didache- but I have writing time tomorrow morning, so…
Okay- in preparation for tomorrow's post on Tony Jones's new book on the Didache, an early Christian document, not found in the NT, let me ask this question… At various times in my life, I've heard people express a desire to get back to a 1st Century kind of Christianity. To scrape away all the Read more about a FIRST CENTURY church?[…]
Mmmm… still raw…