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.