Stories of Emergence

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Imagine coming to a crossroads where you're no longer sure who you are, why you do what you do, why you believe the way you do. You're not even sure you care. Where do you go?

Follow the stories of people who were steeped in their beliefs—a former fundamentalist, a former Pentecostal, a former liberal, a former feminist, a former communist, and several other 'formers'—and walk with them on their journeys out of those beliefs. See what twists and turns arise before them, and find...

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Overview

Imagine coming to a crossroads where you're no longer sure who you are, why you do what you do, why you believe the way you do. You're not even sure you care. Where do you go?

Follow the stories of people who were steeped in their beliefs—a former fundamentalist, a former Pentecostal, a former liberal, a former feminist, a former communist, and several other 'formers'—and walk with them on their journeys out of those beliefs. See what twists and turns arise before them, and find out what they learned (about faith, themselves, their beliefs, the world) as they emerged on the other side.

This diverse group of Christian leaders discloses and shares in vulnerable, uncommon ways, allowing you full access into their doubts, fears, convictions, and unanswered questions. Each takes you on a path from absolute to authentic: from a place of false conviction and thin resolution, through struggles and growing pains, to a new place that's much more about process than about having 'arrived.'

When it comes to journeys of faith, we often don't know what lies at the end of the road. It's difficult to take the first step when we are so unsure of the destination. As you read these stories, you'll find there is room to challenge your fears as well as your faith.

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In this anthology about ministry and the Christian faith in the early 21st century, some of the finest evangelical storytellers share their personal tales. Ministers, writers and evangelists edgily explore what it means to be a faithful follower of and witness to Jesus Christ. Eastern Orthodox memoirist Frederica Mathewes-Green explains why she rejected feminism, Jay Bakker describes heart-to-hearts with young men in bars and Joanne Badley meditates on living in exile. James Engle's bracing piece about evangelism, work and the business world is alone worth the price of admission. (Why do evangelicals get exorcised about abortion and homosexuality, he asks, but "remain silent about endemic public corruption?") An afterword by Brian McLaren (see review below), author of the much-heralded A New Kind of Christian, draws together the overarching theme of the essays: new voices, ones that push certain envelopes, are emerging within evangelicalism. McLaren hopes the old guard will be attentive, rather than threatened. The only thing that disappoints is the book's too-hip packaging. This collection bends over backwards to look as though it is engaging postmodernity-but, in fact, few of these stories are especially concerned with postmodern issues. The end result is that, while each single essay stands as interesting and thought-provoking, the anthology as a whole seems faintly manipulative in its savvy marketing. Still, Christian readers who do not find this too distracting will be richly rewarded for perusing these stories of emergence. (Mar.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780310253860
  • Publisher: Zondervan
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Yaconelli is the author of bestselling books Dangerous Wonder and Messy Spirituality. He was the senior editor for the Wittenburg Door (1971-1996), a satirical religious magazine noted for its irreverent humor, in-depth interviews, and commitment to reforming the evangelical church. He was the cofounder of Youth Specialties, an international organization devoted to equipping youth workers through training and resources. Mike was a prophetic voice in the church-at-large and was a devoted husband and father until his death in 2003. Mike Yaconelli estuvo en el ministerio por mas de cuarenta anos, como pastor y tambien como ministro de estudiantes. Fue pastor laico de la Iglesia Grace Community Church y fue dueno y cofundador de Especialidades Juveniles, editor de 'The Door: y autor de 'Dangerous Wonders'. En el ultimo tiempo de su vida residio en Yreka, California.

During the last 22 years of ministry, Spencer Burke has explored his passion for arts, technology, and the church. Spencer now serves at both THEOOZE and at his church, ROCKharbor, in Costa Mesa, California. As creator and sustainer of THEOOZE, Spencer has the opportunity to merge all of his passions together into one organization as he strives to understand what being a real and authentic follower of Jesus means in our world. ROCKharbor gives him the privilege to serve on the elder board, the speaking team, and—as strategic planner—facilitator and counselor to the staff.

Tony Jones is the National Coordinator of Emergent Village (www.emergentvillage.org), a network of innovative, missional Christians. He's also a doctoral fellow and senior research fellow in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. Tony has written several books on philosophy, theology, ministry, and prayer, including Postmodern Youth Ministry and The Sacred Way. He's a sought-after speaker on the topics of theology and the emerging church. Tony lives in Minnesota with his wife, Julie, and their three young children.

Chris Seay is the pastor of Ecclesia, a progressive Christian community in Houston, Texas, recognized for exploring spiritual questions of culture and breaking new ground in art, music, and film. Chris is the author of The Gospel According to Tony Soprano and The Gospel Reloaded. He lives in Houston with his wife, Lisa, and their four children.

Frederica Mathewes-Green (BA, University of South Carolina; MA, Virginia Episcopal Seminary) is an author, commentator, and Orthodox Christian. She is a regular contributor to Christianity Today, Focus on the Family-Citizen, and Touchstone.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Mike Yaconelli

1. Emerging from Reductionism (Todd Hunter)

2. Emerging from Fundamentalism (Brad Cecil)

3. Emerging from the Church Management Model (Spencer Burke)

4. Emerging from the Church Growth Model (Jim Engle)

5. Emerging from Preaching on Sin (Chuck Smith, Jr.)

6. Emerging from Pentacostalism (Earl Creps)

7. Emerging from Liberalism (Jo-Ann Badley)

8. Emerging from the PTL Network (Jay Bakker)

9. Emerging from Programmatic Youth Ministry (Tony Jones)

10. Emerging from Bob Jones University (Jeff Bailey)

11. Emerging from Complacent Lutheranism (George Baum)

12. Emerging from Feminism (Frederica Mathewes-Green)

13. Emerging from Communism (Parush Parushev)

14. Emerging from Revivalism (Chris Seay)

Afterword by Brian McLaren

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