Tuesday, January 03, 2006
The Journey Has a Map
I have been reading Ancient-Future Evangelism by Robert Webber lately and wanted to share some thoughts.
First, I have been amazed and pleased to see him use the phrase "belong, believe, behave" to describe what the church needs to provide for and help postmodern people do. These are three of the five "be" words we have used in the Vintage vision statement (along with "because" and "become") to describe we are all about.
Second, I have been encouraged and comforted to see someone talk about how even postmoderns need a set process for spiritual growth and development. Rick Warren's baseball diamond is a wonderful too to illustrate how people need to grow and develop, but we have been afraid that it is too cliche and fool-proof to connect well with messy postmoderns. Webber actually uses Warren's baseball diamond as a postive example and suggests using "rites of passage" in conjunction with the ancient Christian calendar to help people see the path they are walking on the journey of faith. (Dr. Carter called these "rites of passages" milestones in redemptive history, and I like that phrase best of all.)
I am far from done, but I am encouraged once again that we are on the right path with our vision for Vintage. I am hoping that we can find a "scout" or a "guide" who can map the journey for us at Vintage and champion the cause of people walking it. Maybe Robert Webber wants to give it all up and come help us. Now that would be cool.
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