TPFKATC – Part Two – from Emerging Grace

kinnon —  April 4, 2007 — 1 Comment

Emerging Grace has written Part Two of The People Formerly Known As The Congregation – as far as I am concerned.

Her post is titled The Underlying Issues:

To be honest, I tire of the assumption that those who come to this place are simply bitter and critical. The reason that Bill’s post, The People Formerly Known as the Congregation, hit the blogosphere with such a splash is because there are so many people who sense the validity of the issues he addresses in his post.

There are many who find themselves in agreement with Bill’s post, not out of a critical attitude, but because of a deep conviction that God’s Spirit is moving within the hearts of his people to bring about the transformation and reformation required for the church – His Church, which we love deeply – to become the vehicle of redemption that will impact the world in our generation.

This is not a simple case of “for or against.” There are specific issues that we are convinced have been a hindrance to growth in the maturity of the church and the advancement of the kingdom of God.

Do we have a better way? Oftentimes not. However, we have placed ourselves in a position of learning and experimenting. We will boldly or perhaps foolishly go against the status quo in our attempts to follow the direction of God’s movement.

Emerging Grace goes on to outline 10 Issues & Values that are important to the discussion. Please go to her blog to read and to comment.

I wonder who will write Part Three? (UPDATE: It was Jamie Arpin-Ricci.)

The Blog Conversation: Track the conversations here and here.

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One response to TPFKATC – Part Two – from Emerging Grace

  1. Bill,
    Thanks so much for linking to my post. I am honored that you would consider it part 2.

    After several days of reading your post and the various reactions to it around the blogosphere, I realized that the issues you raised have become core beliefs for me. They are not complaints, but rather conclusions I have come to after much consideration about the issues.

    Even as I sit in a church every Sunday that doesn’t necessarily teach or practice each of these things, the beliefs accompany me, a part of who I am. When I experience contradictions to those beliefs, I don’t necessarily feel bitter or angry, but I know what my own convictions are on these issues.

    I guess, if anything, I wanted to point out that many who resonate with your post do so because of identifying and agreeing with the specific issues you addressed, not necessarily because of an emotional reaction against the church.

    Thank you for inspiring the conversation that has resulted from your post.

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