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Saturday, November 11, 2006

One Month On - New Perspectives

Back about a month ago I made my first post to this blog. In it I expressed my feelings about and perceptions, as they were at that time, of something called the "Emerging Church".

Over the course of the last month I feel like I have learnt a lot. My view of the EC has changed rather dramatically. I am still excited - perhaps even more than I was originally - and the concerns I started with, have so far, been mostly allayed. I have realised that my approach to the EC was pretty naive and heavily influenced by a smattering of overly critical opinions.

I have learnt about the intrinsically missional aspect of the EC, particularly in Australia, and am encouraged. I've just finished reading The Shaping of Things to Come by Michael Frost and Alan Hirsch and found it to be incredibly helpful in understanding the EC. I will probably blog a bit more on this book in the days and weeks to come.

Unfortunately I have also managed to rub some up the wrong way - not my intention and not something I feel good about.

I am about to begin reading D.A. Carson's Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church for another perspective.

I guess the highlight of the last months journey for me has been the way in which a lot of the things I have been doing and the paths I have been treading for the last few years (even the last 7 or 8 years) are also being tread by many others all around the globe. This has been incredibly encouraging and confirming.

In a practical sense the journey here in Binningup is continuing. I feel like the idea I have had for well over 2 years now of starting an alternative meeting is about to find its fruition. At this stage I am going to be working towards a February launch, but stay tuned to Moved Mountains for more info and updates on our progress.

So, the adventure continues.


Andrew said...

No probs andrew - happy to move on :)

Hey make sure you read some 'critiques of the critique'. See the Forge WA website articles section for a great critique of Carson's book.

It says some valid things but doesn't have a handle on the Oz scene at all

The Creature said...


I'll check them out.