Len Sweet at George Fox Seminary

Pooping Myself A Little... in more ways than one

On my way to Portland for a weekend with Dr. Sweet at George Fox Seminary, I pooped myself. Just a little bit. One of my friends calls it "sharting"...

I'd like to say that I was so excited to meet Futurist/Evangelist/Writer/Professor/Postmodernist Sweet that I just couldn't control my bowels. Unfortunately, it wasn't so glamorous. The reality is, I drank too much coffee on an empty stomach and what I thought was gas wasn't, so for an hour as I drove to the Beaverton Campus I had to sit awkwardly, shifting cheek-to-cheek, to avoid serious damage.

But the real excitement was after I arrived at school, "composed" myself, and went into class.

I could spend hours writing about the things Dr. Sweet taught on, and in subsequent postings I will go over more and more of what we discussed. However, if you'll scroll down to my "No More Bridges to the Past" post, you'll find it very in-line with the kind of thinking Sweet revels in.

A few nuggets from Dr. Sweet (remember these are one-liners and I am not giving context right now)...


  • Christianity today is more Muslim than Christian...
  • A church that establishes itself as a "safe" place is already spiritually dead. The Christian life must remain dangerous and uncomfortable...
  • Christians in America are more Modern than they are Christian, and so Christians in America spend more time defending Modernism than they do, Christianity...
  • Christianity is not a Western religion...
  • Pulpit preaching is a dead method for postmoderns...
  • We must stop trying to "save" the church...

In all fairness, I will try to elaborate later. Don't poop yourself as you read these.

Blessings.

2 comments:

wilsonian said...

LOL! Yea... I gave up coffee a while ago :)

Very cool about this class. I'm afraid my head would be so full in the first ten minutes it would explode in little pieces everywhere. The nature of the way Sweet communicates is very dense in my brain... takes me days to really process a page of his writing.

Anonymous said...

Hey Pete,

I hope that your peity and language skills are of your own making, and not representative of the emergent church leadership as a whole. I wash my kids mouth out with soap for talking like that, and they would be ashamed that a man pursuing the pastoral ministry (which is what I will assume is your goal as a seminary student, until otherwise informed) is setting such an example for the people of God. Of course, I know it's not unique to you. I've heard plenty of other emergent church groupies not acting their age, and who use the fact that they have gotten away/"been liberated" from their parents' faith as a cover for gross indecency.

I'm pretty dissappointed with what I see coming out of GFU's seminary, as well as with the blatant misrepresentations of Christian history and theology that Sweet passes off as being exciting scholarship. I'm glad that I took my M.Div. at Westminster Seminary in California, where serious study is still respected, and where godliness in the life of the future ministers of the church is still expected. Take care, and think about these things.

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