The First Podcast From Space and The First List from the Mystic Future

Welcome back.

A podcast actually worth a listen:
NASA – Steve Robinson: First Podcaster From Space. Assuming you listened to the first podcast from space, let it sink in for a moment.

God I love this planet, the other planets our species will occupy, and the time in which we live.

A list worth reading:
A list of the names of several of the “early” Mystic has been brought to my attention. For security reasons, the list of those who became part of The Mystic in 2005 cannot be released before the end of the year. [If you’re not familiar with the search for The Mystic read the archived articles at alexmcmanus.org.]

This list is all the more remarkable in light of a Barna Group article called Rapid Increase in Alternative Forms of The Church Are Changing the Religious Landscape. According to Barna, not only will the “local church” lose half of it’s market share by 2025, alternate forms of the Christ following movement to which Christ followers will commit are emerging

  • House churches
  • Marketplace Ministries
  • Cyberchurch
  • The Barna article points to ancient [house church and market place ministries] forms to suggest potential new expressions of the future church. In contrast [or perhaps in complement], The Mystic, I understand, is a present-day, future-shaping movement that in the end will both prove and move beyond Barna’s research. Unlike house churches and market place ministries, The Mystic would become, I am told, a native-application to the 21st century of the Christ following movement in a way not expressed by any one of these two forms in and of themselves. Barna also points to a contemporary form as a suggestion of what the future church might look like. Unlike cyber churches, however, The Mystic would fully embody their physicality and use the internet to catalyze human f2f community.

    And now, to have in my possession a list of some of the “early” Mystic is like a miracle. Well, as I look at the list, what can I say? Only that the Mystic are not who you may think. In fact, they may be closer to you than you suspect.

    What do you think?

    into the mystic…

    Alex McManus

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    15 thoughts on “The First Podcast From Space and The First List from the Mystic Future

    1. In affirmation/response to Barna’s new book “Revolution” — I offer Dietrich Bonhoeffer thoughts in Europe in the early 1940’s– “the Church is only the Church when it exists for others. To make a start it should give away all its property to those in need and its clergy should… engage in some secular calling.”

    2. I thought that it was interesting that the majority of people who want this are not americans, if you look at the other cultures it is much more common for them to have lived this way. It is also interesting that a big reason why people tend to do both is because of a family member or another reason…the subtle power…

    3. Diverse forms pf meeting and style will and are now emerging to meet real and felt needs. some of what we call contemporary today is simply the new forms of traditionalism. Candles, clay, paint, poets, drama, lighting, rearranging the seats – it’s all been done before. the forms change sometimes out of rebellion to what was and what is. the spirit of rebellion and the curse of Cain are given rise. No roots, no settling down cause us to be creative but creativity is a gift from the ONE who creates and should not become the new rebellion. the key: People of God – with genuine hearts of surrender and obedience, service and willingness, with a passion for the lost – empowered to be His witnesses – they will always attract others and impact lives for eternity no matter the form. iPod or cathedral, cyberspace or marketplace, homes or beachfronts, it is by His Spirit alive and well. people are still drawn to the majestic God. Neh. 4:14
      Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” (NIV) it is still God – His Son and His Spirit. forms without Him are doomed to fail – it is all about HIM – remember the Lord. GRACE.

    4. Barna’s “Revolution” will be discussed this Friday night (2-3-06) on the nationwide Moody Broadcasting Network. “Open Line” is a call-in show which is aired at 8-8:55 pm CT. The phone number is 312-329-4460.

      For station and time of broadcast information see http://openlineradio.org.

      The programs are archived for download/podcast if you’re unable to tune in.

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