Tom Wright and Emerging Church

Great time at the conference. Hard core thinking and then some good relaxing times around the pool table. Good to meet many friends there. Tom Wright was great – bringing a balanced eschatology into a whole cosmology to inform his historic ecclesiology. What?????? He talked a lot about bringing the future of God into the…

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The Future of the People of God

For the next 3 days I will be trapped inside this creepy looking mansion with 120 people. I am not expecting WiFi and may not be blogging until Friday. Lots of friends and em. church/alt. worship people will be there. Whats the big event? “‘The Future of the People of God’ will be a unique…

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London Zoo: Alt worship discussion

Tonight is a special meeting put on by the Headspace people. ” The evening is open to all emerging church, alt.worship, faith communities in (Greater) London”. Discussion (according to rumor) will be about how we can all work together to accomplish justice on some social issues. Details at Si’s blog. I am trying to get…

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Emergence in the Urban Church

BLAH TONIGHT.Speaker is Kester Brewin from Vaux. I was hugely impressed with Vaux, the church in London that Kester helped to start. An urban church with taste in art, a sublime and moving service that was curated by Andy Thornton. This was back in 2000 and i still have the video. What a cool church.…

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Emerge, Diverge, Converge

Sounds like a bumper sticker and i pray we never see it in a Christian Bookstore. I am just repeating something i said a few minutes ago. Here is the thought, and i offer it for your perusal, beta-testing and fodder for derision, should i prove to be out of the ballpark. If there were…

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Kids in Emerging Church

“. . . in a postmodern context we still think primarily about young adults and I wonder if we aren’t on the verge of missing the next generation.” From Shannon’s blog posting about “Girl Talk”

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When we stop emerging

I was just wondering . . . what happens when those of us in the emerging church stop emerging. I mean, we are always changing and keeping up with the Spirit, but when our new church structures actually settle down, and stop evolving, then we will no longer be able to call ourselves emerging church…

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Couch Grass, Seeding, and a Hard Week

Its been a hard one this week – and it has left me a little depressed. – i was one handed with my injury – i missed the nashville event – i didn’t really do the reading i was hoping to do (curse that workaholism!) – my external hard drive is not talking to me…

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Emergent Convention – Nashville

How bummed i am that i cant be there. As you know, i was supposed to give a few seminars entitled “Forward Slash” -a 2-part series that dealt with ministry in a new media world. As it turned out, there was an accidental “slash” of my hand and i am all stitched up and unable…

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Still Defining Emerging Church

This particular emerging church conversation started when I took a shot of answering some questions from Steve (Christianity and Renewal Mag). It became a conversation among bloggers that has just had its snapshot taken at a blog called Emergesque yesterday. There is a whole Sunday afternoon’s worth of chasing links there, so i wont waste…

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“Church” today with newly-weds.

What church will i go to today? – Well, we are all going over to the home of Phutan and Maggie for what they call a “fellowship meal”. I have a feeling this could be the start of a new “church” – one with couches, food, a juice machine, a bible and a sunday paper.…

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Belong, Behave, Believe

From Thomas in Norway: “I am a youth leader in our church and am blessed to lead a growing and committed youth ministry. We have lately realized something quite interesting (at least we think so), and I just wanted to ask about your opinion. You are probably familiar with the term: Belong –Believe –Behave. We…

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Overheard in the Crypt

The Crypt has become the happening place in this weeks launch of Church of Fools. Anyone who’s anyone is showing up there. (click on images to enlarge) or view some movies of the launch. With a limit of 25 avatars, its difficult to get in. At least the lucky people who made it in are…

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Participatory Church as Cyberchurch?

From “We know more than our pastors“, by Tim Bednar: “After a year of blogging, I no longer seek to be “the” cyberchurch, as the name ”eChurch” implies, rather I participate with bloggers who collectively link the cyberchurch into existence. . . As believers use blogs for spiritual formation and organically form the cyberchurch, the…

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Evildoers Smited in Cyberchurch

No more Ned Flanders preaching at the pulpit (which i actually thought was really funny), no more public outbursts of profanity (which i am not releasing on this site) and no more playing at the altar (like i was doing). The Church of Fools people have added some adjustments to their virtual sanctuary, making it…

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The Skinny on Cyberchurch 1.0

The Crypt downstairs was a good place to hang out after the service, and its still hard to get in because of the crowds. Was Church of Fools successful as a chat room ? ABSOLUTELY But they are framing it as a church which raises eyebrows and generates news stories. You have probably already read…

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Trends Affecting the Church

I was at a “contemporary” church yesterday and someone asked me about trends affecting the church. this is what i was thinking: 1. The past is the new future 2. Singing slow is the new singing fast 3. Dressing up is the new dressing down 4. Staying in is the new going out Have a…

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Emerging church talk

Thanks to Marc for summarizing the recent conversation on Emerging Church and creating a tidy little blog entry called Emerging Church talk (2) I will buy you a coffee you in May, Marc, when I come to Amsterdam.

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More Bible, Less Church, says Barna

Good morning everyone! I woke up and 3am and couldnt get back to sleep so here i am, drinking tea and making a bright and early start to the day . . feels good and PG Tips tea is one of the perks of living in England. I found on Marc’s Messages some new research…

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Answers From The Other Side

Next-Wave has just started a series called Answers From The Other Side. Todd Hunter and I are going first and others will follow next month. Before I tell you my 5 answers . . .

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