Saturday, September 17, 2005

Revolution and stuff

Thanks Ian for linking to my blog. I am nobody special just someone who believes in the Army's call to the city. Check out Gordon's blog as well. I guess what i am getting it is that after being at Harborlight now for 6 months I have begun to realize that the latest and greatest is meaningless here. I mean the latest church growth, or buzz word theology, or emerging church gottas are irrelevant. Relevance is found in listening, accepting, helping, journeying together. So in many ways to be relevant is to be irrelevant to much of Christendom. But I guess Christendom and God's kingdom stopped being synonymous years ago.

So here is to relevance and the Kingdom.

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Henri Nouwen, in one of his books (In the Name of Jesus), speaks of "relevance" as a temptation for leaders, not a goal. i.e. relevance can be desire to be recognized, to be socially acceptable (in the church and/or the world). He challenges the reader to journey from the fixation on 'relevance' to the practice of contemplative prayer, something totally 'irrelevant' and 'inefficient.' Interesting food for thought, given the way most evangelicals are ready to do whatever it takes to be 'relevant.' On the one hand, there's nothing wrong with being 'relevant', however, sometimes I feel like we're overly concerned with this, particularly when it comes to the gospel. Do we really need to 'make' the gospel relevant (as if God's Word isn't already relevant by virtue of the fact that it is his Word?).

By Anonymous James, at 11:57 AM  

Another good book is "The Relevant Church". It's a collection of essays decribing a Hip-hop church to describing something more like yours Bill. How we are relevant in our authentic relationships with others. It's a great variety of different pastors opinions on relevancy in the church.

Good stuff.

-joel

By Blogger Isaiah6:8, at 9:54 PM  

Bill said,
"I have begun to realize that the latest and greatest is meaningless here. I mean the latest church growth, or buzz word theology, or emerging church gottas are irrelevant. Relevance is found in listening, accepting, helping, journeying together."

I am so much in agreement with you, here! I am so sick of hearing people say "40 Days of Purpose" is so Biblical. Where did Paul teach Church growth this way? He told us the way the body builds itself up in love in Ephesians 4:1-16. 40 Days is pragmatic American hucksterism: "do this, this, this, in exactly this way and you'll experience exponential growth, guaranteed!"

By Blogger glorybound9, at 8:36 AM  

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