I was drawn to this book first by Jeremy and then by Scot McKnight. It is an interesting journey through emerging expressions of church around the world. Steve Taylor, a dedicated blogger, goes through the way birth, pilgrimage, community, creativity, DJing, leading and following. This book is intimate in its observation of the emerging church, while, at the same time, wise and insightful in its conclusions.
Here’s some fodder:
taylor begins with an examination and comparison of Zeffarelli’s 1968 version of Romeo and Juliet with Luhrmann’s 1996 version. Remarkable.
p.26 “In many ways, body modification is the natural offspring of a culture in which identity is found in how we look and the experiences we live out.”
p.53 “The church is experiencing this transition as well. When to push toward birth and when not to push? Some things said in transition are best left in the birthing unit. Times of transition require grace, sensitivity, and multiple mission strategies. They require the help of midwives.”
p.104 “the point of redemptive community is not community. The point is to send you somewhere, to reveal the body of God in the world that God loves.”
The side-notes, by Taylor and others, are worth the price of the book on their own. If you are wondering what emerging churches are doing around the world. Buy it.