Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Class Review: Emerging Church

Class today was about the basic foundation of emerging churches. The ideas and basic principles of the emerging church relate to issues of love, grace, compassion, and justice. I was struck with the question of why wouldn't we want these as the identifier of Christian faith? I think it's interesting to ask the question and seek understanding of why people would want to stay in a dwindling church with lack of action and deadening of community. How do we function in our world with two languages? Modern and Post-Modern. I believe in a space without extreme absolutes. Why not be moved and keep moving? Why is the church afraid of progress?

I want the ability to be free in who I am and who I am becoming. I don't want to limit myself and I certainly never want to limit others. Can we get out of our own ways? Can we move past our own fear of the unknown and jump in to wrestling with the present instead of the un-lived future?

The importance of cultural theory seems foundational into understanding the best way to love. Love means we die to ourselves for the knowledge of all people as well as to ourselves. It made me remember the song War on War on Wilco. It goes something like this:
It's a war on war
It's a war on war
There's a war on

You're gonna lose
You have to lose
You have to learn how to die

Let's watch the miles flying by
Let's watch the miles flying by
You are not my typewriter
But you could be my demon
Moving forward through flaming doors

You have to lose
You have to learn how to die
If you want to want to be alive

Okay?

You have to lose
You have to lose
You have to learn how to die
If you want to want to be alive

You have to die
You have to die
You have to learn how to die
If you want to want to be alive

Okay?

Seems simple enough......right?

2 comments:

C. Wess Daniels said...

" I think it's interesting to ask the question and seek understanding of why people would want to stay in a dwindling church with lack of action and deadening of community. How do we function in our world with two languages? Modern and Post-Modern. I believe in a space without extreme absolutes. Why not be moved and keep moving? Why is the church afraid of progress? "

Great question and I agreed with the point you made in class.

Dog-loving theologian said...

Hi, Amy. I read your article on music in the SEMI. I have five of the CDs you have in your top 10. You should be worried! Or maybe I should. I'm so old I remember hearing the songs on classic rock stations the first time around. I enjoy reading your blog.
Howard Wilson