Christ & Culture : Reloaded
when I thought it couldn’t get any better this week, a pre-ordered book wrapped in corrugated brown with a swooshed smilie on it approached me after dinner: Church in Emerging Culture: Five Perspectives.. now this is THE watershed book of our times!! Having enjoyed the privilege of having met 4 (of the 6), hung out with 3, dined with 2, see 1 regularly, the people that put this collaborative effort together did a tremendously phenomenal work: can you imagine this, having them in the same room — Leonard Sweet , Andy Crouch, Brian D. McLaren, Erwin Raphael McManus, Michael Horton, Frederica Matthewes-Green — talking + interacting with each other, well, it happened, and this book is a snapshot of that dialogue (and captures it well visually: interspersed montage photos, chapters with interjected comments by each other, incredible introduction)..
while being tempted to rip through the book, bubble it to the top of my priority list, and inhale it like the best of stuff, I’m going to let it simmer and seep into the fibers of my emerging perspective.. so, I gave in & stayed up, watched the game up to the 11th hour, tragically inevitable end.. sigh.. [being in blog time, the rush to get the earliest timestamp is one of those I-blogged-it-first-right-here braggin’ rights; so did I make it?]
after skimming, touch + go, around 20% of the book, a couple of thoughts emerged: (1) wonder why they didn’t get Tim Keller to rep’ the reformed voice, that would’ve been sooooo good; (2) why didn’t they identify each perspective representative with the quadrant of the message vs. method matrix.. while not identifying them compels you to read the texts, it sure made it hard work..