I had been reading Tim Keel’s first book, Intuitive Leadership, through Lent in 2008, but had to stop because the flu took a spin through our home and I found myself behind on other required reading. So, I am going to return to blogging through this great book. However, previously I was doing 5-7 pages at a time so that it would stretch out over 40 days, but now I will do a chapter(ish) at a time.
In Keel’s third chapter he begins to share the story of the church he began in Kansas City after finishing seminary. The church is birthed out of a common desire between a group of people to engage culture and society in experimental ways in order to work with God for the redemption of the world. This chapter covers a wide range of topics, so a short summary doesn’t really do it justice. Instead, here’s some quotes that I interacted with in the margins:
“God did not create a divine subculture and then wait for humanity to wise up and join in. God joined a story. God got dirty. God entered. God engaged. (70)”
While I agree with this quote on the surface, I think that, at a perhaps deeper level, God as the Trinity was and is a divine culture in Himself. So, God didn’t really create a divine subculture, but He surely is a divine subculture. So, all creation is an extension of God ‘s story and, then, God didn’t join a story as much as He continually brought His story back to its original plot, which is the glorification of Himself (the best possible plot). I don’t think Keel was trying to make grand theological statemtents here, but how one engages culture radically affects one’s understanding of Christianity in a reoriented world.
Keel then goes on to talk about how subculturism has entered the church, so that people are using words that define the church’s cutlure, without even knowing that the words and concepts are absent from Scripture. I won’t go into all that he points out, but it is a great disection of current church culture where the majority of people form their theology from Christian Radio, leading them to seek the church which offers a ‘safe alternative’ just like the radio station promises to.