Saturday, February 17, 2007

my newest emerging mentor...

Peter Rollins in his newly published book, How (Not) to Speak of God, provides the most poigniant expressions for the emerging conversation that exists today. His community in Belfast, Ireland also provides some amazing practices that move this expression beyond mere particular check out 'coordinates', 'last supper' and 'evangelism project'

Here are a few quotes from his introduction:

"That which we cannot speak of is the one thing about whom and to whom we must never stop speaking."

"I picture the emerging community as a significant part of a wider religious movement which rejects both absolutism and relativism as idolatrous positions which hide their human origins in the modern myth of pure reason. Instead of following the Greek-influenced idea of orthodoxy as right belief, these chapters show that the emerging community is helping us to rediscover the more Hebraic and mystical notion of the orthodox Christian as one who believes in the right way--that is, believing in a loving, sacrificial and Christlike manner. The reversal from 'right belief' to 'believing in the right way' is in no way a move from some binary opposite of the first (for the opposite of right belief is simply wrong belief); rather, it is a way of transcending the binary altogether. Thus orthodoxy is no longer (mis)understood as a term that signals a way of being in the world rather than a means of believing things about the world."

"I recently heard a well-known speaker say that if faith does not cost us something, then it is nothing. Only much later could I respond: if faith does not cost us everything, it is nothing."

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