Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Brilliant Articulation by Brian McLaren

Brian McLaren has an article at Christianity Today entitled A New Kind of Old Christian about the need for mutual respect between pioneers into postmodernism and settlers who stay in the contemporary church structures.

Following is an excerpt:

We live on the border of an emerging culture where no paths exist. Not everyone should head for the hills. But some should. They'll be criticized; at times, they may criticize those they (mis)judge as too timid to join the adventure. Instead, though, I would hope that the innovators would respect their cousins in the colonies, and vice versa. Both have a job to do. We need roots and leaves, settlers and pioneers. To fly, we need to lean back and kick forward, swinging new/old with joy and maybe even childlike laughter. --Brian McLaren

Yes, that's it exactly!

Micah Girl


Blogger WES ELLIS said...

Brian McLaren always says things right on. I'm gonna keep this quote saved.

1:11 PM  
Blogger spiritual ingenue said...

Absolutely- THAT'S why the conversation aspect is so important. Too often the line gets blurred between discussion and debate, and it's viewed as an "us vs. them" thing when it's not that at all.

I bet Satan sits back and belly laughs when he sees this going on. I'm sure the modern/postmodern thing has given him extra chuckles.

Loved the McLaren quote.

10:54 AM  
Blogger MicahGirl said...

Thanks for the thoughts, guys!

I also appreciate that fact that McLaren is not going for the us vs. them so much so that he admits that pioneers sometimes are too critical of settlers. The Body of Christ is so much bigger than any of us individually.

11:05 AM  
Blogger spiritual ingenue said...

I think evangelicals must be baffled at the whole "conversation/dialogue" concept. Questioning direction and vision just isn't done in the church today, and I think that throws them off when they encounter the Emergent people who truly want to chew on this and tease it out.

Im finding that when I try to take the conversation in this direction with my evangelical friends, that wall goes up and I'm labeled a kook. However, God keeps opening the door for me to implement some of these ideas into programs, and they find themselves drawn to it before they know what is happening.

It's hard to take baby steps with them, though.

4:19 PM  
Blogger MicahGirl said...

Sometimes I think those of us emerging types who are in traditional structures are on a submersive mission and we need to just keep pushing (in love!) It would be almost to easy to just take a vacation from churchianity and do the whole lone ranger thing. BUT, what I really want is community, and to pull away from an imperfect one out of aggravation, doesn't mean I automatically find myself in a better situation.

4:23 PM  
Anonymous Wayne M said...

This comment isn't really particular to this post, even though I loved the article it is about your Blog in general. I love your style, your energy and your perspective. Keep up the good work.

3:27 PM  
Blogger MicahGirl said...

Thanks for the encouraging words, Wayne.

Micah Girl

5:07 PM  

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