This is part two of “The Best of the Mystic.” Some of you know that I began bloggin on Xanga and that the xanga tool does not allow easy exporting of posts. So, I’ve decided to rescue what I consider the “Best of…”
I consider these three posts to be some of the most important [if not the most important] we’ve had on the mission of the church in the 21st century. This was posted on April 25, 26 and 27 and cumulatively provoked some 65 comments. It is absolutely essential reading for understanding the language of The Mystic. Enjoy.
Brian Russell asks a brilliant question on his blog: Is there a better term than church plant to describe new churches?
Brian observes that this term “church plant” is “rooted” and “immobile” and asks if there aren’t better images [as opposed to “plants”] that might better convey a sense of motion. I think “spreading a virus” is cool except for the feeling of needing to wash my hands again.
niza and a sideways upright
Came in early this morning from a late night recording session. I always try to post before midnight but the session went over. Here’s where we’re at with the list. Let’s keep it going.
Dynamic images/metaphors to use in place of the too “rooted” image “church plant”…
spreading a virus
Doing life together
new body movement
corps (crash of rhinos preparing for service)
Our list of images/metaphors to replace “plant” for the task of creating new churches provokes the imagination. A couple of images come to mind. As bloggers and savvy internet users, the first is one we can all relate to: “starting a thread.” [And yes, I’m trying to add “blogger” to your self identity –if you havent’ already added it — because this will have a lot to do with iMosaic. [Note: we’re replacing “iMosaic” with something else. Right now “voxtropolis.com” is the leading contender].
me playing a tibetan singing bowl
A “thread” is a term used often in online classes and conversations. For example, within the conversation environment of this blog, many of you have started new conversations sparked by the conversation that is already taking place here. These conversations are a kind of thread that weaves in and out of our general conversations. In some of my online classes, students have the tool to add “threads” [a kind of “link” –another interesting image] to the conversations based on questions or interests they have. Others then interact with the question or idea posed by the new thread.
When a Christ following leader engages a community in a conversation or initiates a new relationship with a nonbeliever, he begins a new thread. These conversations, of course, are guided by the environment created by the spirit of Jesus that heals the world and yet they are also spontaneous and free to develop in their own way.
Start a new thread today. Have coffee with someone who has not yet believed. Or…Engage a group of nonbelieving friends in a conversation around the scriptures. Or…Ask Christ followers what would need to happen for us to live our lives for someone other than ourselves today.
Christ following leaders starting new threads. That’s one of the main ways the story of Jesus intersects the story of us.
Other related images…”link” or “Mblog. How about “host”?
What do you think?
into the mystic…