From the Back Cover
A Is for Abductive B is for Body C is for Carpe Manana D is for Double-Ring E is for EPICtivities F is for Fractals G is for Grace H is for Holarchy I is for Icon J is for the J-Factor K is for Kaleidoscopic Change L is for Loopy M is for Metanarrative N is for Neurological Pre-Rewirings O is for Open-Endedness P is for Prayer Q is for Quest-ions R is for Radical Orthodoxy S is for Systems Theology T is for Tribal U is for Unknown V is for Voice W is for Wonder X is for Xenophilia Y is for Yes! Z is for Zending
Do You Know the Postmodern Alphabet?
The letters are all the same, but the things they stand for are as different as the future is from the past. A Is for Abductive helps you get a handle today on the vocabulary of tomorrow, and on concepts indispensable for living out the old-fashioned gospel in these newfangled times.
"You caused this book," writes one of the authors. "People like you were insisting on a beginners guide to the pathway of postmodern ministry." Here it is. There is no right or wrong place to beginjust pick a letter and start reading. Youll acquire new words for a new world that will change how you think about church, about ministry, and about what it means to follow in Jesus footstepsentering todays culture in order to love it, serve it, and lead it home to God.
About the Author
Leonard Sweet (PhD, University of Rochester) holds the E. Stanley Jones chair at Drew University. Founder and president of SpiritVenture Ministries, he also serves as a distinguished visiting professor at George Fox University, and is the chief writer for preachingplus.com. Sweet is a popular speaker and has written numerous books, including Jesus Drives Me Crazy, SoulTsunami, SoulSalsa, Carpe Manana, and (with Brian McLaren and Jerry Haselmeyer) A Is for Abductive: The Language of the Emerging Church.
Brian D. McLaren (MA, University of Maryland) is founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church, an innovative, nondenominational church in the Baltimore-Washington region. He's also a senior fellow with emergent (www.emergentvillage.org), a growing generative friendship of missional Christian leaders.
Jerry Haselmayer (B.A., University of Southern Indiana) is president and founder of Leadership Pathways, a consulting firm that partners with clients to deliver experiential learning, tailored personal coaching, and organizational change. An ordained minister, he lives in Cincinnati with his wife and three children.