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… Continue reading They Like Jesus (But Not the Church)

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… Continue reading Students of Emergent (Emerging Students?)

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… Continue reading Deep Church (Brief Review)

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… Continue reading Our Way, Right Away: Finding God

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… Continue reading The Emergent Manifesto (A Quick Review)