The meme seems to be ever expanding.
I meant to add this a few days ago:
A Former Footsoldier of the Christian Right
And this from this evening:
We are the Prodigals (A Tribe formerly known as Quest.)
My blog friend, Jan @ The View from Her, comments today in a post she’s called, The Institution Formerly Known:
Something is going on. Maybe it’s just another cycle of resistance to The Way Things Are – like the Jesus Freaks of the 70s. Praise songs replacing hymns in the 80s. Drums and electric guitars replacing the organ in the 90s. Jeans and shorts replacing skirts and ties. Giant multi-media screens, coffee shops, bookstores selling “christian” kitsch. Cavernous auditoriums and 12-step programs for every addiction. Is it possible all these are also to be replaced? Maybe they are already being abandoned for authentic, intimate connection, with Jesus and each other. For growing disciples, not consumers. And maybe it’s the surface shaking – indicating movement in the giant tectonic plates far beneath us, foreshadowing the profound earthquake that is to come. And maybe it’s time.
Dave Faulkner blogs some interesting thoughts in his post Digital Faith:
So what will digital theology look like? Methodologically, the old days of ivory-tower one-way stuff from the experts (the papacy of scholars) will go. It’s no accident the ‘emerging church’ talks about an ‘emerging conversation’. Perhaps Bill Kinnon’s recent post ‘The People Formerly Known As The Congregation’, which has made a big splash in the Christian blogosphere, is a good indication of this. Note not only that Kinnon represents people who will not be just told what to do by experts (who may well use power abusively): he has begun, surprise, surprise, a conversation. Emerging Grace has talked about the underlying issues of passivity, the clergy/laity divide, institutionalism and other dehumanising factors. Jamie Arpin-Ricci has then joined in with a community perspective. John Frye has couched a reply in the pastor’s voice. And Greg Laughery has offered a pastoral response. Theology is being done here in conversation, and in this case the Christological-missiological ecclesiology of the emerging church (as per Alan Hirsch and others) is being developed. It isn’t being handed down. People aren’t being forced to sign up or ‘submit’. Beliefs are still held passionately – this gives the lie to the ‘postmoderns don’t believe in truth’ nonsense. But it’s being done differently. It’s the methodology of digital theology. Kinnon didn’t give a paper and the others gave formal responses: this is truly the interactive and conversational approach characteristic of digital culture. It is surely no accident that the emerging church has so enthusiastically embraced blogging, where the website is not static but contains content for interaction.
I’m beginning to think, as someone recently suggested, that perhaps this meme needs its own home.