It seems it is taking me quite a while to work through a lot of my thoughts that developed at the National Pastors Convention. That’s good – dang good – because my church fronted dolla’s (that’s rap for a bunch of cash) to send us. So, of course, they hope it’s somehow worth it.
The fourth presenter at the emerging critical concerns course was Leron Shults. I had never heard of him before, but he would be THE reason I would consider going to Bethel Seminary. He is really smart (his blog is here), but he helped me to further develop my beliefs about process salvationism (combined with what Campolo taught about Einsteinian physics…more on that much later) and he writes killer books. He’s also just one more reason why I keep thinking it sure helps you to be emerging if you are Wesleyan…
From the titles of his books you who think I am a little too deep can see why I am going to be buying them when my book buying fast is over:
The Postfoundationalist Task of Theology
Reforming Theological Anthropology: After the Philosophical Turn to Relationality
The Faces of Forgiveness: Searching for Wholeness and Salvation
Reforming the Doctrine of God &
Transforming Spirituality: Integrating Theology and Psychology
So here’s what I heard and learned and thought…
> His main point was to talk about Decentering the Renewal: the disturbing spirit in the emerging churches
>the emerging church must be driven by a centrifugal force (out of control)
>examples of Jerusalem against Antioch as major centers of the early church
>the natural response to loss of control is fear (my thoughts: is that what the Spirit of God does…instills the fear of God?)
>Acts 9:31 =
>the secret to church growth is the FEAR of the LORD (we should fear no other) and comfort…these two conditions lead to vulnerability.
>salvation: the reordering of a community because of the presence of the spirit of God. (my thoughts: not only does this help me explain process salvationsism, but it is also a commentary of communal salvation…which I beleive in but don’t totally understand, yet.)
Challenges from the panel…
> our theological categories must change because they are based on theories of understanding which are no longer contemporary.
> my notes: this is the massive underlying truth about the emerging movement – the old ways of knowing are leaving because the things that people believed were true are simply not anymore. It’s very similar to the times when they found that the world is not flat…only now we are finding that the universe is not infinite, just curved. Funny thing is…some church leaders think that this is a load of crap, a fad. I wonder if that’s what they thought when they suppressed Galileo for saying the earth wasn’t the center of the universe…