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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Baby Boomer’s Angst with the Emerging Church

Like ever Friday night, five couples converged on a local restaurant to eat and talk late into the evening. The ages in the group run from the late 40s to the mid 50s.

All of them are long time friends and great company. Yet I am the only one who would be considered pomo friendly. All the others innocently “don’t get-it.”

The conversation at my end of the table revolved around a couple of observations from the person sitting next to me:

1. Today’s bible classes are little more than dumbed-down topical studies, philosophical in thought; more life-issue oriented. His premise: Bible classes today are nowhere near what they use to be in thought and biblical content.

2. The distinction (or the clearly marked lines of demarcation) between a Christian and a non-Christian have seemingly been lost in the contemporary church attempting to connect with culture.


At 5:58 PM, Blogger Fajita said...

This might mean there is something right happening. The line between "saved" and "lost" if not artificial, is at least drawn too distinctly and in the wrong place.

What love is the Bible influencing you to do? What kind of person has the Bible driven you to be? If answering this question is difficult, or the answer is "it has caused me to be doctrinally correct," then we just might be the Pharisees we find so distasteful in scripture.

At 7:05 PM, Blogger Larry said...

The first step in creating a good bible class is to provide teachers able to respond to real world problems with biblical concepts, and encourage give-and-take dialogue instead of the old stoic lecturing methods. A teacher must be willing to learn as well as the student, and humble and honest enough to accept thoughts differing from any preconceived traditional viewpoint he may harbor.


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