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These efforts aren't replacing wrong structure with "NO structure" - many of them are more intricately structured than a traditional church plant. Really it's a shift in thinking from a static, historical idea of structure, to embracing structures that are designed to accomodate the current needs and cultural context. A book that might be helpful if you're trying to wrap your mind around alternative structures (viral and permission-giving structures - different to hierarchical structures) would be "The Starfish and the Spider" Blessings on your efforts in France!
Brilliant! Currently exploring the idea of "open source" and "crowd source" city-wide 'church' endeavors...
Yes. Blog more about this. It sounds to me like a key to reaching muslims (and maybe a few other repressive faith groups as well). Christians often spend too much time trying to change people's TITLES and not enough time focusing on changed hearts. ("Here, put this "Christian" name tag on and I'll add you to my list of converts.")
Toggle Commented Dec 9, 2011 on Born Again Muslim at TallSkinnyKiwi
It seems to me that continuing blogging isn't the question as much as where and what about. I'm not a regular reader, in fact I just found your blog today after searching Neil Cole on the 24-7prayer site -- but I think, from what I'm reading, that you have a unique and essential (critical even) perspective on what God is doing with this generation in regards to His plans and His methods for missions and global transformation... and you need to share it. Every revolution has at it's core STORIES being told and passed on and on. The "story" in some ways IS the revolution - especially when it sums up the thoughts, beliefs, feelings, yearnings, and passions of a generation - but gives them hope and direction for the future. Below is a quote you might have heard and will likely appreciate: "Neither revolution nor reformation can ultimately change a society, rather you must tell a new powerful tale, one so persuasive that it sweeps away the old myths and becomes the preferred story, one so inclusive that it gathers all the bits of our past and our present into a coherent whole, one that even shines some light into the future so that we can take the next step... If you want to change a society, then you have to tell an alternative story." -- Ivan Illich Needless to say - be encouraged - tell God's "alternative story" wherever you can -- if it's in a blog, then so be it, if it's verbally, on Facebook, in video format, whatever - just don't stop spreading the vision. (As you already know, you don't have to have an exciting, adventurous life to permeate the web with good thoughts and perspectives) Blessings!!
Toggle Commented Jul 1, 2010 on Is that it? at Harrys Travels
Another movie to check out which contains a very cool Christo-metaphor is the movie "9". It's animated quite well, a little more "creative" than some might like, but tells a really cool story of sacrifice, redemption, and the battle of good and evil. Similar to Avatar in some ways and almost more of an allegory... Check it out!
Toggle Commented Jan 7, 2010 on Avatar at TallSkinnyKiwi
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