Brian Mclaren – Day 2

May 1, 2007

We started out our day without hot water to shower in, which was really bad, considering the general lack of heat we experience at the moment. But we survived quite well. This morning we touched on some serious theological stuff, especially penal atonement, which kept us busy for a while. But personally, the two things that stood out today was the missional conversation, and informal conversations.
We heard some stories out of the group of missional experiences. I’m not going to try and retell it, but it was amazing. A woman working with kids on the streets of Durban, a couple seeing how God is working in and through Muslims in Afghanistan. But what really stood out was the fact that so many of us are realizing that this is what it’s about, being a missional community, missional individuals, in this world we are living in.
Pieter just visited today, and we had a really good conversation. We really share this fear that our church would just run with the emerging fad, changing our churches into hip post-modern congregations, but not really working towards being missional communities. Then myself, Roger and Steven had a really good conversation on ‘What is the emerging church’. It doesn’t seem to be that easy a question, seeing that Brian also tried to explain it yesterday, and so many books have been written, and blog-posts, but still we are struggling to define this. Maybe it’s undefinable?

I think the great thing about the conversation was that we had the freedom to change our views, and even the freedom to contradict ourselves. Met more people blogging at Emergentafrica and I had my conversation with Brian on the WHY of reading the Bible. Maybe I’ll blog about it later.

3 Responses to “Brian Mclaren – Day 2”

  1. Steve Says:

    Thanks for keeping us in touch with what’s going on at the camp, Cobus. Did you really type all that stuff on a cell-phone? That must be a work of superrerogation, if ever there was one!

    Hope to meet you tonight.

  2. cobus Says:

    Well, I’m 22, with a cellphone with a dictionary on it. I believe that I type faster on this (although it doesn’t have a full keyboard) than many people would on a computer:-).
    But what does superrerogation mean?

  3. Steve Says:

    Wow! I’m amazed. I type on a cellphone only when I absolutely have to, and find it a pain even to type an SMS.

    Works of superreropgation are those that the Reformers denounced — if you believed that works could save you, then works of superrerogation were those over and above the minimum you needed to be saved, so they got put into the reservoir of merit and could be applied to the salvation of someone else. But I could have it wrong. Or, as Brian McLaren put it, with a different twist, “going the extra mile” 🙂

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