Seminary Ecstacy & Emergent-No...


I don't normally write posts like this... quick, random blurbs about what's on my mind, how my day has been, et cetera. I don't think there's anything wrong with it, most blogs tend to work that way, but I've always wanted my sites (this one and www.essenceproject.blogspot.com) to evidence a little more preparedness. I want what I write to be thought out more carefully than a quick mind-dump onto the keyboard.

That said, I haven't had much of a chance to write lately as I prepare for my upcoming wedding (6 weeks away!) and enter the exciting and challenging world of masters level theological studies. I started my first classes through George Fox Seminary online several weeks ago, and came on-campus this weekend for the first classroom experience: a study of the life and writings of Dorothy Sayers (Sayers was a contemporary and friend of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, among other prominent British thinkers). I have to admit, I am enamored with academia! Don't worry, I love Jesus more than Seminary, but I cannot wait until next month when I come back on campus for a course taught by guest-instructor Brian McLaren!

I also keep meaning to post a follow-up to my previous write-up on the "Emergent-No" blog. As much as I like to challenge preexisting notions and ruffle theological feathers from time to time, I am a peacemaker by nature. I want to get along and be approved of. I want to approve of others. I think that dialogue between faiths, worldviews, cultures, philosphies and denominations are incredibly valuable and beneficial. I believe that the Holy Spirit often speaks to us through individuals who are not even Christian - a humbling experience if you've ever witnessed it.

Unfortunately, for all my ecumenical aspirations, I stopped pointing people toward Emergent-No some time ago, and will probably recommend very few of the writings from Emergent opposition in the coming months and years. I suppose this is where true division comes from in the first place: not feeling heard.


I want to hear the Conservative base of Evangelica. I want to pray alongside of them that we (the Holy Christian Church) do not stray from the path of truth. I need the balance they provide, but I want to be heard as well. I want to be cared for. Time and again, I have engaged in dialogue with both visitors and bloggers from Emergent-No. After hearing and affirming many of their grievences, I merely ask them for patience and compassion - for a generation that is struggling with the truths others take for granted...

They seem too angry to hear. They have their didactic schpiels and tyrades too well-prepared to leave on the altar of compassion, and so they launch into attack mode again and again.

I want the Christian church to find unity in the supernatural life of Jesus Christ, but we will never have unity without first allowing each other latitude to explore God on our own terms. YES! By all means, keep me scripturally accountable! YES! Tell me when you disagree or feel the Spirit pulling another way! But don't close your ears and hearts because my faith is messier or my questions, scarier...

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