Sunday, February 18, 2007

Today on the Whitehorse Inn...

Today on the Whitehorse Inn, Mike Horton and the usual cast of Characters discuss Postmodernism and the Emergent Church. I find this subject fascinating. I'm starting to see that Brian McClaren and his contemporaries are in actuality reacting to the previous generation's "church" by creating a form that is formless. The whole thing kind of reminds me of what happens with each generation's music. The want their music to be so radical that it disturbs their parents while it affirms the new generation's sense of self.

If that's true, then the emergent church is basically a selfish endeavor designed to make it's practitioners feel good about themselves. Listen carefully when Shane Rosenthal asks Brian McClaren "what is orthodoxy and how can a Christian know what is in bounds and what is out of bounds". McClaren basically says that a community needs to be built first, around principals and ethics, then doctrine can be discussed.

Brian, if you ever read this, keep in mind that our forfathers first and foremost had a message to shout out, and around that message a community was built. Think of it this way: no one would have wanted to see the movie "Star Wars" if no one had first talked about it. Fans talked about it, discussed it, learned it, and around that a fan community was built. For Pete's sake people, even the secular world knows this. Why doesn't the church?

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the big test

Since someone, somewhere, has seen fit to deprive the world of Issues etc and take a huge bite out of confessional Lutheranism at the same time, I will not take up the mantle of working to see that those who did it answer for their actions.
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