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Emerging Theology

18 June, 2004 9:37 AM

This week has bee a busy time of networking and meeting others who are planting similar types of communities to Living Room. This morning I'll be catching up with a few others from emerging missional communities for coffee. Its our second get together and I'm really looking forward to it.

Yesterday morning a group from our denomination from four emerging missional communities got together to 'talk theology'. I guess we've been realizing that there is a lot of talk going around about new styles of doing church, mission etc - there is a lot of dreaming, experimenting and tweaking going on around the world in terms of church structure etc but we haven't seen too many 'emerging' forums to discuss theological issues. So we had a breakfast over which we had some rich discussion around issues of 'conversion', 'salvation', 'creation theology' to mention just a few topics. It was very refreshing not only to be hanging with fellow planting travelers but to get into some meaty discussion.



The following is from the yet to be released

"WARNINGS to Emerging Leaders Bible"

Gal 3:1
You crazy Emerging, POstMOdern and House Church leaders! Did someone put a hex on you? Have you taken leave of your senses? Something crazy has happened, for it is obvious that you no longer have the crucified Jesus in clear focus in your lives. His sacrifice on the Cross was certainly set before you clearly enough.
Gal 3:2
Let me put this question to you: How did your new expression of church begin? Was it by working your heads off to please God with plans, structure and control? Or was it by responding to God's Message to you and letting the Holy Spirit lead?
Gal. 3:3
Are you going to continue this craziness? For only crazy people would think they could complete by their own efforts what was begun by God. If you weren't smart enough or strong enough to begin it, how do you suppose you could perfect it with more structure, programs and human control?
Gal 3:4
Did you go through this whole painful learning process for nothing? It is not yet a total loss, but it certainly will be if you keep instituting more structure, programs and human control!
Gal. 3:5
Answer this question: Does the God who lavishly provides you with his own presence, his Holy Spirit, working things in your lives you could never do for yourselves, does he do these things because of your structures, programs and human control and your moral striving or because you trust him to do them in you?
(adapted from The Message)


george » 18 June, 2004 9:11 PM

I'd be really interested to know whether you came up with any particular theological biases or fresh interpretations of these themes. There's a lot of talk at the moment about the need for an 'Emerging Theology' - what sort of theology emerged at your meeting? and what sort of theology do you think needs to emerge?

maggi » 19 June, 2004 1:21 AM

Any written record, report of what you discussed? I'm interested in how 'emergent-ness' is going to coalesce. Ciao

Jonathan » 21 June, 2004 9:18 PM

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