Where are you in the theological spectrum?

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I am still digesting this. I have seen these ideas before, but I never put it all together and figure out exactly where I stand. I have remained skeptical of some of the emerging church ideals I have heard but there are some things we can learn from them as well. I really love reading deeper theology, but I also want to be relevant to the culture.

I think I am somewhere between Reformed Evangelical and Historic Evangelical. But as I said I am still learning.

5 thoughts on “Where are you in the theological spectrum?

  1. Anonymous says:

    emerging church is not a different churchsaying things like learning from “them” is a straight path towards division in the church. Addressing specific theology of specific people is appropriate but generalizing is pretty harmful, especially when we are all claiming to be children of God.

  2. I am sorry, anonymous…I had no intention of leaving an idea of division in the church. But I think you are reading into it too much. “Them” refers to the emerging church <> ideals <>, not the actual people. And I agree with you completely, we are all children of God.

  3. I am emerging without going into the Liberal (I think Emergent is heresy). However, my church is more evangelical, so I’m doing what I can to move those guys right into the middle. ^_^ We need to transform culture, but also engage the parts of it that aren’t against what we believe as Christians. Culture in and of itself isn’t evil, but cultures have their favorite sins (for example, America’s is definitely greed, and after that sex and violence.) Those sins must be fought. As for Anonymous, I would agree- however, there are some areas in which if you fall into a generalization there are some breaches in fellowship. For example, I would say that anyone in the middle would strongly disagree with anyone in the liberal umbrella or the fundamentalist umbrella.But then again, what do I know, anyways? I’m just a heretic seeking orthodoxy. 😉 Good to hear from you, buddy.-Will Shelor

  4. Addressing the anonymous sender,It is harmful to say that discussing ideas and categorizing them is a bad thing. This is a dialogue destroyer because as humans we cannot process ideas without putting them into categories. Though it does seemingly put people into opposing “camps,” it also allows people with different ideas to discuss them openly and honestly if done in a non-threatening environment. If we all try to “just get along” by keeping from making categorical judgments of ideas, we will no longer be able to critically analyze the new theological concepts that are coming into Christianity today. Please step back from being defensive and realize the need for categories, and also realize that making categorical judgments isn’t the same as making negative or derogatory judgments.

  5. My lunch tray is stacked high with all the food I need to give me the energy I need to make it through the rest of my school day. I’ve got a spiritual protein, a theological carb, my mini carton of ministry milk and my Bible brownie on the side.But now I’m in a conundrum. Where do I sit in the packed “School of Thought” cafeteria? I guess I’ll survey the big, clanky room for a few seconds before I pick which table I fit in the most.I could sit with the evangelicals again, the jocks of our little school. They love Jesus yes they do, but for some reason many of them choose to eat their meals in four simple steps and, to be honest, it’s getting kind of old. All of the food on their trays seems prepackaged and processed. Don’t get me wrong, their food has got the base amount of nutrients needed to survive, but it feels like it’s missing something more meaty.To the far right side of the cafeteria is the fundamentalist table or, as I like to call it, the “what are you looking at” table full of big bullies. When I first came to school that’s where I sat. I loved to pick fights with people over what they were eating for lunch. But schoolyard brawls and writing things not to do lists got old after awhile.Right next to them is the Reformed table. This table is loud with discussion and beautiful to look at. Large vases of TULIPs line the center of their perfectly set table. But this is an invitation only gathering and I guess I wasn’t chosen to sit there. I think that if I was I would probably get my hand slapped for trying to pluck a bud or two off their pretty flowers.The Emergent table is a possiblity but it is all the way over on the left side of the cafeteria and that is a far walk from where I stand. It used to be the table for all the pocket protecting nerds (i.e. “the smart kids”) but not anymore. Anyone with a soulpatch and a blog is welcome to sit there now. Some of them seem angry too, kind of like the bullies over at the fundamentalist table, but with a bigger vocabulary.Scattered throughout this large cafeteria there are all kinds of denominational tables. There are Methodists, Episcopalians, Lutherans and all sorts of Baptists from regular (as if there are irregular ones) to Southern Baptists to American Baptists and more. As a matter of fact there are too many denominational tables for me to list.There is one table that I’m looking at though that looks like it has plenty of room. It is in the distant corner of the cafeteria, the corner where all the outcasts sit. But for some reason there’s only one loser there today. I can’t quite make out his face but for some reason he looks strangely familiar. And as I take a few steps closer I can see that he is wiping tears from his piercing, poignant eyes.I wonder why he is crying. I wonder if he, whoever he is, is upset by the division that we all feel in this great big room. I once heard that years ago we used to all get along, that our school Spirit was unrivaled. I heard that we all worked together from the same creed for the same cause. But that was a long, long time ago.I just realized who He is. I just dropped my tray and screamed “Jesus!” Everyone looked up.There may be hope for this school just yet.Greg Stiergregstier.org

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