Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Orthopraxy

Emerging folk are quite proud to remind us that we will be judged according to the parable of the sheep and goats on how we treat the least of these (25:31-46), and that the wise man is one who practices the words of Jesus (7:24-27). On top of this, some are quite fond of reminding us that Jesus didn't offer a doctrinal statement but a way of life, and that he called people to follow him and not just to get their theology right. And they are not beyond saying that every judgment scene in the Bible is a judgment based on works, and no judgment scene seems like a theological articulation test. And they may be willing to say that no one has ever believed everything just right-not Origen and not Athanasius and not Augustine and not Aquinas and-to end the little "a" roll here-not Calvin and not Luther and not Menno Simons or John Wesely. Now it does seem that John Piper thinks Jonathan Edwards got it all right...but I don't think either of them believes in Hebrews 6 [that's supposed to be taken as humor]. Which leads us precisely to the emerging issue with theology: we are left alone in what we think is right theologically and being alone isn't enough when it comes to theology.

So, they don't try to compose theological statements; they rely on the great creeds and confess them as part of their heritage. And instead of worrying about getting everything just right-and they point to the fact that no two scholars agree-not even Michael Horton and Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield agree-leads them to concentrate on living the way of Jesus. We may not get it right when it comes to theology, so what we are called to do is live right-which most of them have either enough theological integrity to admit they don't get it right in practice or they have enough postmodernist irony to say the same. Either way, they get humbled both by theology and praxis.

But praxis in the sense of orthopraxy is a major river in the emerging movement.
Scot McKnight: What is the Emerging Church?

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Isle Twelve: Right Hand Side

It will not be a barrier to our culture if we present [the gospel] as the great story. In a postmodern world, there is a story for every occasion. It is only a barrier when we are miffed that we have to take our place in the marketplace of stories, enjoying no favored position. For example, when we continually make a big issue out of school prayer, we are perceived as trying to coerce people. We must let these issues go. If we can’t let them go, we will fail in our mission. If we can, the opportunity to proclaim again the story of Jesus, and the hope of life that is in him alone, will open before us. Mike Regele

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

Bring Me to Life

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Painting

Out of our need we patronize our artists, we flirt with our poets, we petition our architets: Give us your lusty colorful world. Signal to us a state of being more richly steeped in purpose and satisfaction than our own.

Thanks to our artists, we pretend well, living under canopies of painted clouds and painted gods, in halls of marble floors across which the sung Masses paint hope in deep impasti of echo. We make of the hollow world a fuller, messier, prettier place, but all our inventions can't create the one thing we require: to deserve any fond attention we might accidentally receive, to receive any fond attention we don't in the course of things deserve. We are never enough to ourselves because we can never be enough to another. Any one of us walks into any room and reminds its occupant that we are not the one they most want to see. We are never the one. We are never enough.

The holy find this some mincing proof of God. Damn them.

-Lucrezia Borgia in "Mirror Mirror"