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Rising from the Ashes: Rethinking Church Paperback – October 1, 2007
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A book like this has been needed for a while now, to help the often 'sidelined' mainline churches to get back on the playing field of western Christianity with both 'voice and vote,' and to offer our sorely needed giftings and perspectives.
Brian McLaren says 'Everything Must Change' in his new book, and I second it and add that 'everything' includes the mainline churches.
Becky moved freely around emerging church circles to gather data and collect some 'true stories' which may help to get mainline emergence 'on the radar' of the established mainline churches, which many of us love and serve faithfully with little 'institutional support' so far, in the ways we truly need it.
Over 35 % (my guestimate) of those active in the 'emerging church' in North America and at least 50% of those in Europe (especially in England) are from 'mainline' traditions rather than from the free church evangelical ones that most people associated with this 'movement.'
We mainliners are 'in the emerging church house.' - This book may help us 'come out' in our own denominations and communions.
As an emerging church 'practitioner,' I was able to tell the story of my community and our pilgrimage in emerging church and mission within the mainline for the last seven years, and I was also able to share my recent efforts to birth 'Anglimergent' (Anglicans) to walk alongside 'Presbymergent, Luthermergent, Submergent (Mennonites) and other mainline native emerging groups.Read more ›
This book is a series of interviews with scores of key leaders in the emerging church movement, and of a few who watch from a distance. Garrison refrains for her natural stance as religious satirist, and instead asks probing questions and listens carefully to the responses. Readers become partners to the conversaion.
US and UK culture are in the midst of an enormous shift. The church MUST accomodate these changes. Those who attend most carefully to Robert Wuthnow's new data on the 20 and 30 somethings (After the Boomers), will gravitate to Garrison's careful interviews of many of the key players in the emergent church - those who are attempting (as participant leaders) to help post-moderns find meaning, connection with community and a path with God through Christian congregations.
This is a definitive book. Garrison questions, she doesn't editorialize. Some of these emergent church leaders and commentators are compelling, brilliant, wise. Others may strike you as flakey. But they're all here. If you want one book, one place, to hear them all, get Rising From the Ashes. You will almost certainly be challenged, inspired, terrified, encouraged.
All to the good!
So as the conversation is explored in this book we hear from voices like Phyllis Tickle, Jonny Baker, Shane Claiborne, Diana Butler Bass, Tony Jones, Ian Mobsby, and Nadia Bolz-Weber on topics such as the state of the church, the Gospel of the Kingdom, Christian community, and worship practices. Many of those interviews hold tight to particular church traditions as they attempt to understand the church in this day and age. Others seek to question existing structures or to examine our very conception of church itself. In their responses one sees a mix of theology and practice as well as a deep commitment to serving God in whatever way they can. Rethinking church for them is not about being new or different, but about being faithful and committed followers.Read more ›