12 Marks of Convergence Christianity

Eric Elnes, Senior Minister of Countryside Community Church (UCC) and host of Darkwood Brew, has recently written several blog posts on Convergence Christianity. His latest post features twelve defining characteristics, which are evenly divided into three categories: Love of God, Love of Neighbor, and Love of Self.   Elnes attributes resonate with others, including Brian McLaren, Phyllis Tickle, Frank Schaeffer, and Diana Butler Bass. Love of God They are letting go of the notion that their Read More …

Online Worship: Should My Church Offer It?

What it means to be church, especially in the area of worship, has changed dramatically due to recent technological advances.  Douglas Estes'  SimChurch (2009) continues to be an important book in this emerging field (you can read my review here).  In that text Estes focuses on this new way of being church, which he labels third wave.   In the first wave churches used the virtual world as a marketing billboard, primarily via a website with little or no interaction.  The second wave offered a Read More …

Studying the Beatitudes in Real Time

A few days ago, I blogged about my ongoing quest to learn more about Jesus.  In that post I suggested that 2011 may be a year I devote considerable time to examining Jesus' preaching via the Sermon on the Mount.  Since that time, I learned of a unique opportunity to study the Beatitudes, which lead off Matthew's account of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-12). Kimberly Knight, Circuit Rider and web admin for the Beatitudes Society, recently blogged about a new interactive live learning Read More …