Posts Tagged ‘Denomination’

By Matt Horan

The other day someone emailed me about my blog about amicable separation of the United Methodist Church.  He talked about the difference between liberals and evangelicals, which is the place where I stopped reading.

If someone asks a Christian, “Hey are you an evangelical?” the correct answer is “Yes.”  “Evangel” means “good news.”  Evangelists tell people good news.  If someone or something is evangelical, it is contributing to the spread of good news.  Our Good News is that while we were dead to sin, God sent his son Jesus Christ to live and die for us and raised him to new life before us.  We can be joined with this Jesus and live a new life and leave the old one behind.  Good News.

I know that it helps to be able to judge people by the group.  It’s so easy to talk about liberals or conservatives when we can group them all together and take a big swipe or two at them.  But here’s the thing that made me blog today:

There cannot be some Christians who aren’t evangelical.  (more…)


By Kristy Harding
The Ooze posted an incredibly interesting interview with Phyllis Tickle yesterday called, “Beyond Denominations, the Hyphenated Church.” In it she posits that the Protestant denominations are like the Church in Jerusalem and the emergence is like the Church in Antioch, and the Protestant denominations have the obligation to bless the emergence like the Church in Jerusalem passed the torch to the Church in Antioch.

Of course, we don’t know what is actually going to happen, but she presented several alternative models of what the response could be.

Here are theories she posited–with names I made up for ease of discussion:

The Ring Model: With a group of “hyphenated emergence Christians” within the denominations being on the periphery of the larger emergence movement.

Protestant Leaders in Diaspora Model: A movement of Protestant leaders streaming into the emergence movement and bringing the charisms of their native denominations to the emergence and influencing it.

The Good Fences Make Good Neighbors Model: The emergence and Protestantism exist side-by-side like Protestantism and Catholicism do now.

While it’s possible that these models are the wave of the future, I believe that all of these models are happening simultaneously right now.


By Matt Horanceltic-cross-stained-glass

          Turns out that we’re right back where we started.
          The new vision cast by Jesus–the lame healed, the blind receiving sight, the meek inheriting the earth, the peacemakers being called the children of God, the hungry fed, the first being last, the last being first, kings becoming servants of all–was radical and exciting and very welcome to to those in the margins in the 1st century.  Even though it faced intense scrutiny, the message of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus spread like wildfire.  Gamaliel of the Sanhedrin said in Acts 5: “If this is from God, you will not be able to overthrow them.  You may even find yourself fighting against God!” (more…)


Posted: October 17, 2008 by Matt Horan in ReEmergent Church
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By Matt Horan

     What would John Wesley do? (more…)