They Like Jesus (But Not the Church)

This is an interesting book.  Dan Kimball, pastor of Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California has spent a lot of time talking to younger people about religion and Jesus; the book They Like Jesus is the outcome of those discussions.  This in and of itself makes for fascinating reading.  Of course most of the …

Students of Emergent (Emerging Students?)

I know some of you might disagree, but I'm pretty convinced that we can learn quite a bit from the Emergent movement.  Of course, the Emergent movement is quite "liquid," so I guess I tend to appreciate the more orthodox side of it - I learn more from those who are more faithful to Scripture, in other words.  I've mentioned …

Deep Church (Brief Review)

Yesterday I had the pleasure of reading Jim Belcher's Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional (Downers Grove: IVP, 2009).  I just learned about it a few weeks ago and after checking it out on Amazon, I thought I should get it since I enjoy reading 21st century books about "church."  I've read quite a bit …

Our Way, Right Away: Finding God

 In David Wells' great book, The Courage to be Protestant, he discusses the inherent neo-paganism in American religion.  "The assumption that we all have a natural access to the sacred is as old as the oldest forms of paganism."  This, writes Wells, is the assumption of many Americans, that we can get to God our …

The Emergent Manifesto (A Quick Review)

I finally finished this: An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (ed. by Doug Pagitt and Tony Jones).  As you may know from earlier posts, I'm about as Emergent as a dead stick.  At the same time, the "movement" fascinates me, and is something I as a pastor want to know something about.  Also, to be sure, the …

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