so closeWe're having breakfast, we're about an hour north of cstone. Hi lights so far:
We found dog river!
Yesrerday we had breakfast with Roy of Dispatches from Outland.
Pictures and details when we get back.
If there's anything Sufjan Stevens has learned from Christian rock's lectures, or for that matter from 2,000 years of Christian narrative, it's that the best mix of sacred and secular comes by contextualizing lived experience, offering narratives of God's impact on broken lives rather than open-ended invitations to be part of the story. In his songs, the faithful doubt and doubters are not cast aside. There's a place for the dismayed secularist, perhaps even a chance to strike up a chat with a boy in a hoodie about the seemingly irreconcilable gulf between Christian rock's intentions and the alternative nation's focus on resulting aesthetic objects. Now that there's good Christian rock, it's an argument worth having.
| You scored as Emergent/Postmodern. You are Emergent/Postmodern in your theology. You feel alienated from older forms of church, you don't think they connect to modern culture very well. No one knows the whole truth about God, and we have much to learn from each other, and so learning takes place in dialogue. Evangelism should take place in relationships rather than through crusades and altar-calls. People are interested in spirituality and want to ask questions, so the church should help them to do this.|
What's your theological worldview?
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Moses dies, by all human accounts, a failure, and knowing that he is a failure, knowing the everything that he has worked for in leading, training, and praying for this community will unravel as soon as the people enter Canaan. It is a familiar story for readers of Scripture, even though frequently suppressed. What does this mean? It means that we have to resvise our ideas of holy community to conform to what is revealed in Scripture. It means that we cannot impose or paradisiacal visions of hanging out with lovely, upbeat, and beautiful people when we enter a Christian congregation. It means tht God's way of working with us in community has virtually nothing to do with the world's idea of getting things done, of what "works" and what doesn't. It means that God hasn't changed his modus operandi of choosoing the "low and despised in the world" (1 Cor. 1:28) to form this community. It means that we who want to get in on what God does in the way God does it in all matters of community, will have to give up prentensions of shaping an organization that the world will think is wonderful as we parade our accomplishments to the tune of "worship" or "evangelism".