Today I read the introduction of Tim Keel’s Intuitive Leadership. I think one of the hardest part of this lent journal will be not reading ahead. It’s a real discipline to refrain from reading books that I am interested in. Instead I need to spend my time reading my books for PESM, which I will be posting a bunch of my reading on here someday.
In the introduction fo Keel’s book he expressed the need in the postmodern world to go “beyond pragmatism.” I think this is such a wonderful little package to express the massive shift happening in many churches. At Toccoa Falls, Doug White used to teach us that ‘pragmatism is not the panacea.’ This means that just becuase something works, does not mean it should be done. For a long time churches, especially evangelical churches have used pragmatism to justify practices that are harmful to the gospel. This is recognizable when people say, “Whatever it takes to get them in the door, right?” My answer is no. It’s not alright to do whatever it takes to get them in the door. It’s not.
That, I believe it one of the fundamental struggles for people engaging in ministry in a postmodern world. It’s not about models and programs that work for me. Instead I would like to see what the real live gospel looks like lived in the context that I find myself in.