Should I seek to be a minimalist? Not just for the sake of being a minimalist but for the sake of simplicity, the purging of possessions, and giving of what I have so that those who do not have might have?
A friend of mine recently created a blog that he entitled “Deconstructing Orthodoxy.” The definitions provided for each term in the title are as follows:
Deconstruct (de·con·struct): 1. to take apart or examine in order to reveal the basis or composition, often with the intention of exposing biases, flaws, or inconsistencies.
Orthodoxy (or·tho·doxy): 1. a belief or orientation agreeing with conventional standards.
I have spent a fair amount of time with Derrida, Raschke, Brueggemann, and Ward “deconstructing.” Not much time or energy is necessary to initially recoginize the biases, flaws, and inconsistencies of the systems and standard of church. Only in one’s own recognition of the brokenness and messiness of church is the ideal community actually discovered. I don’t agree with the “conventional standards” of American “church.” However, I would propose that orthodoxy is not what needs deconstructed when considering that orthodoxy in its truest, most unadulterated state is the standard set by Jesus. Unfortunately, the way of Jesus is not the standard so to deconstruct orthodoxy may, in fact, be appropriate and necessary.
Visit www.deconstructingorthodoxy.blogspot.com. The author is constructing a life in the way of Jesus.
I was asked to teach for one of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University chapel services. I presented an untitled message that could possibly be called, “The Word Dwelling as Image.” Hopefully I will be able to post the video soon. There were elements of imagery that enhance the learning experience.
CLICK HERE to listen to the itunes podcast teaching. Texts included are John 1:1, 14; Phil. 2; John 9 regarding the concept of the word, its transition to image, and the emergence of compassion.
I just realized that the tune “Blessed Be Your Name” by Matt Redman is a bad version of Bush’s “Glycerine.” I like the lyrical progression and fluctuation of “Glycerine” much better. I grew up on “Christian music.” My early days of adolescence were filled with DC Talk, Audio Adrenaline, and Newsboys. I have since discovered that there is actually good music out there. I would highly suggest Iron & Wine, Matt Nathanson, Radiohead, U2, Coldplay, Snow Patrol, Jack Johnson, Dashboard Confessional, Pedro the Lion, Kings of Leon, Arcade Fire, The Fray, and others that deserve to be listed but would result in exhaustive list making.
Please include your recommendations in a comment.
SHAME ON ME: I nearly forgot James Taylor.
In the beginning…
Was the Word…
The Word was with God…
And the Word was God…
And the Word became flesh…
And dwelt among us.
I am restating a question from a previous post:
It is the task of the follower of Jesus to attempt to understand the political climate of first century Israel while considering Jesus’ involvement or lack thereof in said arena. Based on such study, if Jesus were to show up in America in 2008, would he involve himself in the American political system? If so, to what degree? If not, what we he do instead and why?
You might be Emergent if…
10. … you have never read one of the “Left Behind Books” or prayed the “Prayer of Jabez” or led the “40 Days of Purpose.”
Based on the above list I am 80% Emergent. Which two do not apply to me?
Should followers of Jesus be involved in American politics? If so, to what degree? If not, why?
Well said. Thanks, Adam, for including this post.
There is nothing unslippery about Jesus, that is of course, if we allow the real Jesus to be the one we follow. Following Jesus is risky and disenchanting to popular, comfortable life. If we are daring enough to follow we may slip and fall away from empire worship including the state-nation and the doctrines that suppossedly define the church.