Late to the Party

She does a great job communicating emerging convictions regarding the Christian life resulting from the necessary deconstruction of church as the vendor of religious goods and services…. As the title suggests, John focuses on those in professional ministry who find themselves caught in the tension and pain of trying to lead communities of faith as defined by our current culture and definitions of success while yearning for the vibrant life of God’s kingdom.

There has been a series of posts that have caused quite a stir in the blogosphere. And although I’ve been reading them as they’ve been posted, I intentionally postponed linking to them from here until I could see where it was all going.

Bill Kinnon started everything with his post, The People Formerly Known as The Congregation. In it, Bill communicates his frustration about what it means to be member of the average congregation today — a passive recipient.

Emerging Grace followed it up with The Penguins Formerly Known as the Waddle. Despite the title, Grace’s post is a “part two” to Bill’s. She does a great job communicating emerging convictions regarding the Christian life resulting from the necessary deconstruction of church as the vendor of religious goods and services.

Jamie Arpin-Ricci next contributed The Community Coming to be Known as Missional. This post provides a brilliant reconstruction of what missional living is all about.

Finally, John Frye, author of Jesus the Pastor, contributed part four in this series with The People Formerly Known as The Pastor. As the title suggests, John focuses on those in professional ministry who find themselves caught in the tension and pain of trying to lead communities of faith as defined by our current culture and definitions of success while yearning for the vibrant life of God’s kingdom.

So if you haven’t read these posts yet, take a moment, sit back and enjoy.

1. TPFKATC

2. TPFKATW

3. TCCTBKAM

4. TPFKATP

2 thoughts on “Late to the Party

  1. Jason,
    Thanks for the link. Just for the record, I intended the penguin reference to be a caption for the picture, but my formatting made it look like a subtitle.

    Had I known it would receive the enormous linkage due to the popularity of Bill’s post, I would have left it out.

    What started as an example of my slightly warped sense of humor is now an unnecessary distraction among the other incredible posts. Oh well! 🙂

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