Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Postmodernism
Yes I used the "P" word!
I'm appreciating James Smith's Who's Afraid of Postmodernism.
You can read Jonny's thoughts on it here plus in depth discussion at the Church and Postmodern Culture blog.

Smith seems to get to the heart of some of the myths about our (mis)understandings and fears of postmodernism.

One quote for now, not even on the main subject of the book, but it struck me anyway:
"Authentic worship does not have to choose between reaching seekers and building up the saints. Incarnational worship does both"
This comes out of a discussion about Lyotard and metanarritives!

This seems to point to an end to the "inside-out", "outside-in" tensions. Maybe there is a 3rd way, even for Christian youth ministry?

3 Comments:

Blogger Sooz said...

Sounds like "PN" to me!!!!
Sx

11:40 am  
Anonymous Tim Abbott said...

A Church in our area (Baptist you'll be pleased to know) has a very fruitful 18-30's work which has grown from a few to many in three years. Quite a few non-Christians have got involved, including some being involved as (backing) musicians in the worship band. All those so involved have become Christians. Seems to bear out your point about '... an end to the "inside-out", "outside-in" tensions'. I'm not part of the church but do get in touch if you'd like more info.

11:28 pm  
Blogger Pete Lev said...

Thanks Tim, sounds interesting.
Non-christians in the band - now that raises some questions!

11:58 am  

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