I took yesterday in two parts. The first was mapping emerging and contemporary forms of transatlantic church from their practices, and looking at the theological, contextual and social theory contours within that.
The second part was a more focused theological, historical and social theory critique and interrogation of that mapping.
Then in December we come back and use those tools to examine a) new church/house church b) fresh expressions c) mega churches and d) post-church movements.
My syllabus outline, slides and other materials are all available for download here. I’ll put the materials for December online once I get to that teaching.
My PhD supervisor Luke Bretherton moved to the USA earlier this year. Watching the US elections with his research and personal involvement in politics, Luke has made this post at ABC about voting.
Following on from my last post about creation and evolution, my new T-Shirt arrived :-)
Instead of Christians fighting each other over creation and evolution positions, what happens if they approach each other as fellow Christians and seek to understand each other? For example see that taking place on the site here.
I hope other issues like the environment and gender/sexuality issues are taken up and discussed by the forum and explored in this mode of mutuality and collaboration.
Monroe is one of my wife and I’s favourite TV series.
There was an amazing track played as the lead sync in the last episode this week, from Si Connolly, titled 1982. Si is the boyfriend of a friend of mine (who was a previous member of my church) Hils Granger. Hils plays and sings on the track with Si.
This colour-coded chart pinpoints the location and language of 3.3million tweets sent in the capital.
John Milbank’s Theology & Social Theory is one of the more complex and challenging books on my shelf. It’s one of those books that caused a shock when it was written, and now is a key reference text, and de rigueur for anyone doing theology and looking at culture and social theory.
A talk from a Eucharist service at our Church yesterday is online here. I selected the image above for this post, in light of that talk. It’s The Martyrdom of St. Hippolytus by Dieric Bouts and depicts dismemberment used in the 3rd century.
Do you want to join a global leadership learning community?
Here is the latest video of the Leadership and Global Perspectives D.Min that I lead. It’s taken from our time in Seoul this past August.
You can see what we get up to, read along with and join conversations with us around global leadership perspectives here.
Join us September 2013 when we meet in London.
With Posterous dying a slow death I have moved over the Tumblr. Now posterous are making it impossible to migrate my old content to Tumblr.
So I will have to manually review all my old content and re-blog it here over the next few weeks. Assuming Posterous don’t shut down even further before then.
I was very moved by this Channel 4 video in the run up to the Paralympics. The London Paralympics were sold out and a huge success, and seem to have provided a sea change in attitudes. See this article for example.
I heard from family and friends more stories of excitement and celebration about paralympians than for the olympians.
Yet at the same time, the termination of imperfect foetuses develops, as we find more ways to determine how to avoid having ‘imperfect’ babies. Amy Becker within intense personal experience, tells some of the story of how and why this is taking place.
Maybe the Paralympics this year saw a surge in support due to a world finally growing tired of the idea of perfection and designer lives, and saw in these athletes something truely human and inspiring.
Something to contrast the ongoing sterilisation of life that does not confirm to consumer idealisations about what family and a good life might be.
Ever so often, someone discovers some ancient text related to Christianity, and the media go mad with it, and declare that all of Christianity is now undermined. Easier to not find out anything about the text, to ignore the actual research being made about it, and not bother to find out anything about Christianity.
Then at a popular level people reading it can declare with confidence that the gospels have been disproved etc, etc.
Peter Williams at Tyndale House, has this great post about what was really found and what it really might mean, and why Christians don’t need to throw their bibles away just yet.
My wife Bev and I just spent two days with the Lead Academy, with leaders from 6 different churches wanting to develop their churches. I tweeted through out the 2 days about the content with #leadacademy.
It’s one of the best things I have been to for a very long time. If you are looking for a learning community to develop yourself, your leaders and church, join one.
Here are for me, 10 ingredients that made it so rewarding, stimulating and helpful:
1. Format: Fast paced, interactive, creative, and well timed. Each session and each day whizzed by. I engage so much in learning environments with my own research that I am easily bored. It’s a long time since I was engaged in a learning process that moved at such a stimulating, and captivating pace that held my attention so fully.