7 Global Currents That Are Shaping the Future Church

I am featuring this post today because I am in Richmond, VA, and am about to spend an enjoyable day with Fritz Kling, author of "The Meeting of the Waters" and founder of Kling Philanthropy Group. Original Post: Feb 2010 Fantastic book comes out in a few days called "The Meeting of the Waters: 7…

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Becoming carbon neutral and traveling a lot at the same time

Apparently I am carbon neutral, according to Dopplr. They have tracked almost all of my journeys since 2008. I have taken a few journeys recently to sensitive places and I havent told Dopplr but I dont think they would add much to the total. How did we do it, despite traveling so much? Not sure,…

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Accounting for Fundamentalisms

In treating the subject of fundamentalism, the authors write as scholars with firsthand exposure to the movements, emphasizing the internal dynamics and processes by which the movements construct their own realities rather than “accounting” for the “sources” which has been the fatal tactic of many EC critics.

They see fundamentalism as a dynamic process, something more dynamic than static, a “movement that unfolds over time.”

They also view fundamentalism from the macro, considering it as part of a wider field of competing movements, “existing in dynamic tension with its various detractors and competitors.” Today we would probably use the terms “complexity” and “systems thinking” to describe their strategy.

Their conclusion is that fundamentalism arose in the beginning of the twentieth century because institutions were weaker, the grass-roots individuals were conditioned to attend church, a heterogenous society allowed for new social niches, economic prosperity was channelled into religious structures which gave them publishing houses, colleges and mission boards as well as trained clergy and scholars who could articulate the movement’s key emphases. The movement was not so much a rejection of modernity, although some elements of modernity were selectively rejected, but in fact the new and changing conditions of modernity created new opportunities for the movement to take hold and grow.

Fascinating stuff. At least I thought so. The old guy on the train didn’t ask me to elaborate on the book so maybe its not everyone’s cup of tea. But I do appreciate the work of Wuthnow and Lawson from their chapter “Sources of Christian Fundamentalism in the United States” and I hope that scholars examining the new church and mission movements today will take a page from their book.

Related on TSK: When I heard Karen Armstrong speak on fundamentalism

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London Fashion Week? They LOVE me there!

Back in London again after a good time with friends down south. Highlights included hanging with Greg Valerio (new blog) after his fair trade pilgrimages to Peru and Nepal, and the Carter family. Now we are up in London for a few days to work on visas. We are staying at Manna House in Bromley,…

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Back in England for 2 weeks

We are flying to London on the ever horrible but cheap Ryan Air. We have some administration regarding our visas that has to be done there and will be around for nearly 2 weeks. We also need a place to stay in London for part of that time so let me know if you have…

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Our Luxury Additions and Lavish Embellishments

Lavish embellishments. Wow! Talkin’ bout a second story to our garage and a luxury home addition that will nearly double the square footage. In light of all the blog conversations last week about full disclosure of lifestyle choices and the stuff people buy, esp. ministerial people, I thought it fitting to tell you everything that…

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Thoughts on stuff

Still alive and enjoying Africa. I found a wifi signal so . . . some thoughts on stuff: Alexander McQueen found dead. He was one of my favourite postmodern fashion designers, although I could never afford any of his pieces. He was also the major inspiration behind some of my Japanese designer friends. I loved…

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Mountains of North Africa

Wow! Nearly two weeks without blogging. We are fine. We have been part of a convoy of 18 people from all over Europe, traveling through the mountains of Africa with our possessions on donkeys led by Berbers. Stories and photos to come when i find a wifi signal. Until then, prace.

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