Thursday, April 13, 2006
What am I????
I had a converstaion last night with a guy about theological denomational type things. During the course of the converstaion I said I appreciate and believe that Christians and the church should be responsive to the work of the Spirit.... "Ah" he said, "so you're a pentecostal", My response
"Well if that means I believe that God's Spirit it at work in the world, and we need to respond to and find where the Spirit is at work, then yes I am a pentecostal, but if it means swinging from the chandeleres in worshop then no I am not a pentecostal."
I continued the drift of this converstaion with someone else today when I described myself as evangelical with a small 'e'.
It seems to me that the old labels do not fit, not just me but many people are finding the same thing, recently a collegue of mine has gone to another denomination that I thought they would never consider.
Brian McLaren wrote a book with a great title that i think describes the phenomenon:
- A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I Am a Missional, Evangelical, Post/Protestant, Liberal/Conservative, Mystical/Poetic, Biblical, Charismatic/Contemplative, Fundamentalist/Calvinist, Anabaptist/Anglican, Methodist, Catholic, Green, Incarnational, Depressed-yet-Hopeful, Emergent, Unfinished CHRISTIAN
I think McLaren again hit it on the head in this. So here is my take on this.
Once upon a time a person would nail themselves to a denomiation and theological stance within that denomination. I think the same holds true but the nail is attached to a bungy cord which is then attached to one's foot. Allwoing freedom of expression that the theological/denominational position could not give but also allowing breadth and the ability to move.
So theologicaly I am but I am not also, Does this position feel uncomfortable? Absolutely not - it is a blessing, something that I hold prescious too, soemthing that i believe make sense of the gospel.
Posted by Mich at 10:39 AM