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Critical-realism and postmodernism

The ‘emerging church’ project is an experiment in new forms of church. The question of what ‘church’ is, however, cannot be resolved sociologically or experimentally. Ultimately, a theological answer is required. This page was written to provide some preliminary reflection for the Future of the People of God conference with Tom Wright. It is an attempt to address some of the more theoretical questions that arise when Wright’s retelling of the story of Jesus, constructed on the basis of a critical-realist hermeneutic, is considered from a postmodern perspective.

Open source commentary on Scripture?

I have had it in mind for some time to start a collaborative, interactive ‘open source’ commentary on Scripture to support the development of a theology for the emerging church. My thought at the moment is that it should be organized topically but in a way that follows the loose literary/chronological/narrative structure of the Bible. I hope that many people will contribute reflections on biblical passages and themes from a postmodern/emerging church perspective, ranging from detailed exegesis to practical application. The comment system would allow us to explore the issues further in an interactive fashion.

NT Wright: Jesus takes on the Temple

The Challenge of Jesus, by N.T. WrightOne of the major themes that is emerging in N.T. Wright’s The Challenge of Jesus is the idea that Jesus sought to take on the role of the temple in Jewish life. This was the reason he claimed to be able to forgive sins, spoke of his body as the temple, and overturned the tables in the temple.

Transmillennialism™

Paul Seburn referred in another post to the ‘transmillennial’ view on New Testament eschatology. I thought it might be worth examining this separately. There’s a lot of material on the two sites I looked at (www.presence.tv and www.transmillennial.com), but I have limited my superficial comments to one introductory essay. I would be interested to hear from anyone who has strong views on the subject. Oh, and while we’re wondering exactly what happened to the future, a happy new year to everyone!

Happy Epiphany?

I was going to wish everyone a happy Christmas, but an article in the Christmas edition of The Spectator by Digby Anderson got me wondering whether that was such a good idea - or rather whether ‘happy Epiphany’ in a few days time might not be a better idea.

Telling the Stories of Scripture

Historically the Bible has been told as a story. The Scriptures are the story of God and His relationship to creation and have been told as such throughout Jewish and even much of Christian history. Even within the Scriptures, storytelling has a powerful role. However, recently the importance of telling the stories of Scripture has been overlooked. The ability of the story of Scripture to affect people’s lives is too powerful to ignore. Telling Scripture as a story can evoke a deep and lasting transformation of the community of faith.

Women and emerging church?

Lisa at splagblog posted links to this site and the Postmodern theology blog and added the following pertinent comment:

A lot of online involvement here is male, and I don’t know if that’s because of the techy world being male-dominated or Christ-follower leadership being more heavily male-oriented (???). Maybe a little bit of both so that women’s web presence in this area isn’t very prominent?’

Shaped by the Word

by Brian Rice

QUESTION: I
wonder if so few of our spiritual communities are experiencing depth
transformation because so few of those who lead/teach those communities
experience it?

What is 'emerging church'?

The phrase ‘emerging church’ will undoubtedly mean different things to different people and I will only offer a tentative definition here, chiefly for the benefit of those to whom it means next to nothing. If you disagree with the points made, by all means add your views below.

Embracing Christian community as social agency

There is nothing new about the societal conflict which forms the backdrop for those attempting to be and do church in the inaugural years of the twenty-first century. What is new is its volume and intensity. Some social analysts go so far as to describe it as ubiquitous. This level of conflict may or may not be the result of what Charles Taylor distinguishes as the “politics of difference,” but it no doubt explains the resurgence of tribalism that, in part, defines the postmodern situation.

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