The Radical Reformission

reaching out without selling out
by Mark Driscoll

I had to resist quoting the entire book here. Mark points out a middle way between sectarianism and syncretism. This involves engaging the culture more than extreme fundamentalists are comfortable with, while also sticking to fundamental doctrines more openly than liberals want to.

Streams of Living Water

by Richard J Foster

Streams of Living Water identifies the “six great traditions of the Christian faith,” Gives an historical, biblical, and contemporary example of a person who best exemplified each tradition, then points out the strengths and potential pitfalls of each tradition.

The traditions are: Contemplative, Holiness, Charismatic, Social Justice, Evangelical, and Incarnational.

This book contains very important concepts for just about every Christian in the world to consider. Foster shows how each tradition focuses on a specific aspect of Jesus’ life and how each tradition is just one of the streams of water that should feed into the full Christian life.

I recommend this book without reservation to anyone and everyone.

The Varieties of Christian Experience

I really need to get and read Streams of Living Water by Richard Foster. My uncle told me about it about four years ago, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot since then. Most recently when I was reading The Twilight of Atheism.

Each instance of the local church has its own take on how we experience the presence of God. Each different experience has its strengths and weaknesses.

The Lutheran church I grew up in tends to experience God’s presence through the Word of God (living and active &c.) be that through the readings, the sermon, the liturgy, the hymns. The church I’m attending now is more charismatic and eschews liturgy and readings, and the music is much less Wordy, but they speak in tongues and prophesy (though not often on Sunday morning, for whatever that’s worth.)

The strength of being Word based is the knowledge of God is constantly being reenforced. There is less danger of other spirits wreaking havoc if you are a dispensationalist (I don’t know if that is the official Lutheran (LCMS) position, but in practice that’s pretty accurate) but there is still danger, and you would be missing out on a large part of life in the kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 14:1 Pursue love, yet desire earnestly spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy.)

I have more thoughts on this, but I’m going to wait until I can read Streams of Living Water

My Theological Worldview: Redux

Two Years Ago

Now:

You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan, You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God’s grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists.

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan

86%

Reformed Evangelical

75%

Neo orthodox

64%

Fundamentalist

57%

Charismatic/Pentecostal

54%

Roman Catholic

50%

Emergent/Postmodern

50%

Classical Liberal

32%

Modern Liberal

4%

What’s your theological worldview?
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The most obvious thing is the slide of all the liberal theologies… I’m not sure why…