Cynicism in the Church

A friend of mine recently pointed out this book: Faith Without Illusions: Following Jesus as a Cynic-Saint by Andrew Byers (Downers Grove: IVP, 2011).  As you can probably tell from the quotes I post here on the blog, I'm a cynic to some extent, especially when it comes to the topic of the worldliness so… Continue reading Cynicism in the Church

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)

Five Perspectives on Emerging Churches

 This is a good book which serves a good purpose: getting a general look at the beliefs and practices of emerging churches.  "Emerging churches" is a broad term, of course, which includes Emergent Villiage to (sort of) the Acts29 network.  I appreciated editor Robert Webber's intro and conclusion, which had to do with church, history, and cultural interaction.  He put… Continue reading Five Perspectives on Emerging Churches

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)

Evangelism: Targets of Marketing

I'm about as Emergent as a dead caterpillar in a sun-dried cocoon, but I appreciated this little bit from Heather Kirk-Davidoff in her contribution to An Emergent Manifesto of Hope (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2007).  It has to do with the "old school" way of evangelism. "Even if your theology is great, even if your church… Continue reading Evangelism: Targets of Marketing