Posts Tagged ‘Emergent’

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…)

Reviewed by Matt Horanintuitive-leadership

Need that the book seeks to meet:

            The reader is invited to diagnose in themselves the paradigms that are ingrained in us by the culture of the church, in order to be set free to hear the voice of God in their own intuition, unfiltered by ideas of what is acceptable or orthodox in the church, and what is not.Content:


  • Keel begins by exploring the gripping power that stories have over us.  More than a list of thou shalts and thou shalt nots, the Bible is a … (more…)


Brian McLaren

Brian McLaren

 By Matt Horan

John Wesley

John Wesley

      What a treat!  You’re ringside for a battle for the ages–Modern vs. Postmodern for the heavyweight championship of the church.  As far as the tale of the tape, McLaren has the clear advantage–he’s is a full head taller than Wesley, and is at least 150 years younger.  Sounds like no contest, but can 8 million United Methodists be wrong?  Let’s see them contend for the soul of the church of Jesus Christ.

Wesley:  Dr. McLaren, always a pleasure to make the acquantance of a good Irishman.

McLaren:  Good to meet you too, Rev. Wesley, though I’m from Maryland.

Fan in the crowd wearing an “Emerge This!” t-shirt: “Strangely warm” this guy, Wesley! (more…)