Bull posted up this interesting article on Signposts:
Apprising Ministries asks if you might remember Anne Holmes Redding, who claims to be both a Muslim and Christian simultaneously, and whom we discussed in An Emerging Christian Muslim Priestess For Allah Says, “Jesus Led Me Into Islam.”
Well, the Global Family takes another step forward; we just couldn’t make this kind of stuff up as, at his website Brian McLaren, unquestionably a leader in the egregiously ecumenical Emerging Church aka Emergent Church—morphing into Emergence Christianity (EC)—tells us in Ramadan 2009: Part 1 What’s going on?:
Ramadan is the Muslim holy month of fasting for spiritual renewal and purification. It commemorates the month during which Muslims believe Mohammed received the Quran through divine revelation, and it calls Muslims to self-control, sacrificial generosity and solidarity with the poor, diligent reading of the Quran, and intensified prayer.
This year, I, along with a few Christian friends (and perhaps others currently unknown to us will want to join in) will be joining Muslim friends in the fast which begins August 21. We are not doing so in order to become Muslims: we are deeply committed Christians. But as Christians, we want to come close to our Muslim neighbors and to share this important part of life with them… (Online source)
However lovely the sentiment, God has clearly told us not to do what McLaren and the “Christians” committing this violation of Scripture with him are about to do because those in the false religion of Islam:
sacrifice to demons and not to God; and I do not want you to become sharers in demons… Do not be bound together with unbelievers; for what partnership have righteousness and lawlessness, or what fellowship has light with darkness? Or what harmony has Christ with Belial, or what has a believer in common with an unbeliever? (1 Corinthians 10:20; 2 Corinthians 6:14-15, NASB)
And yet, as we see in Ramadan 2009: Part 2 Why is a committed Christian joining faithful Muslims in observing Ramadan?, McLaren is the type of teacher the supposedly evangelical Rob Bell is allowing in his church. It’s time to wake-up to the fact that these men are developing a whole other quasi-Christian religion based on their synthetic reality skewed by their Contemplative Spirituality/Mysticism.
Think that is odd? A friend of mine who goes to an emerging church e-mailed me this article a few months to invite me to an emergent church HOLISTIC event. See anything peculiar about it?
Your invitation from Doug Pagitt:
A little over a decade ago a series of national events took place that played a crucial role in the creation of the network and movement that is Emergent Village. These events catalyzed thousands of people as they started new churches, were encouraged to consider new career opportunities, formed organizations of care and support for the needy, and launched a network of friendships around the world. Many who participated still tell stories of the significant meaning they found in these early national gatherings.
October 9-11, 2009, an event called Christianity21 will take place in Minneapolis, and a decade from now this event will be talked about as a crucial component in the Emerging Christianity and Missional Church conversation that is now taking place.
I would like to invite you to be part of this special event. I would even go a step further and encourage those who were part of the events in the late 1990’s to bring those you are connected with to this catalyzing gathering. And those who are new to the conversation, join in on this and have your own meaningful experience at a significant national event.
We have designed Christianity21 not only for professionals, but with entire communities in mind. We know that much of the best future thinking and ministry is not limited to professionals so this event takes place Friday through Sunday giving people with a “normal” jobs a chance to attend. Christianity21 will include topics and presenters that people with all levels of Christian and leadership experience will benefit from.
- innovative adult learning approaches – 21 voices, 21 ideas, 21 minutes
- creative use of speakers and media – multiple learning styles including conversation, art, presentations, and interactive experiences
- interactive design – this event is not a sit and listen event as much as it is a participate and create gathering
- cutting edge thinking from the nation’s top religious thinkers & community practioners (see list below)
- a rarely assembled network of attendees (see list below)
- economically priced – $195
At the risk of sounding like the ShamWow guy, I want to stress that this event is offered at the ridiculously low price of $195. Not only is that lower than any other national full-featured event, it is even lower than the price of the events from a decade ago.
Christianity21 will be a holistic event offering onsite yoga, spiritual directors, natural health coaches, ministry career guides, music from the Solomon’s Porch community in Minneapolis, healthy food, plenty of time for rest, interaction and connecting with others.
Alise Barrymore, Diana Butler Bass, Carla Barnhill, Kelly Bean, Debbie Blue, Julie Clawson, Seth Donovan, Lisa Domke, Makeesha Fisher, Mimi Haddad, Elaine Heath, Sybil MacBeth, Alyce McKenzie, Sally Morganthaler, Shauna Niequist, Jenell Paris, Nanette Sawyer, Danielle Shroyer, Jeanne Stevens, Phyllis Tickle, Lauren Winner, Denise VanEck, Nadia Bolz-Weber
Join these folks and many more as a participant in Christianity21:
Shane Claiborne, Chris Seay, Spencer Burke, Tim Conder, Mark Scandrette, Becky Pierson, Shane Hipps, Tony Jones, Darin Pederson, Aran Walter, Ron Tester, Doug Pagitt, Amy Moffitt, Melody Rockwell, Lydia Kelsey, Kelly Hughes, Ellen Bruckner, Dan Sather, Carly Stucklen, Robin, Mundy, Mike Croghan, Rebecca Schlatter, Susan Hansel, Kara Root.
We know how important leader networks and informal blog communities are for those working on new and emerging ways of Christianity. And, we know how important face-to-face meetings are in development of these communities.
So, we would like to support you by helping you gather “your folks” together at a reduced cost or entirely free experience at Christianity21.
If you lead a Network (meaning there are a group of people who you regularly meet with or organize) and you would like to attend Christianity21 as a group or come a day early and have your own meeting go to http://christianity21.com/network for details about how you can attend for free.
If you are a blogger or informal organizer go here – http://christianity21.com/blogger for details about how you can come for free.
www.Christianity21.com – We live in a time of epochal change.
Many find this change exciting; for others, it’s a challenge. Call it globalization, pluralization, or postmodernism, this change affects our economy, politics, government, and education—all of society. And, of course, our faith and our churches are not immune to change.
So, we have gathered 21 of the most important voices for the future of Christianity—21 voices for the 21st century—to speak into our future as people of faith in this age. They represent a diverse array of backgrounds, interests, and passions, and they will provide a wide range of innovative and challenging presentations.
Christianity21 is less a conference and more a happening, an event—a gathering of voices and ideas that will shape the future of our faith. And to the 21 voices, we want you to add your voice, whether you’re a seeker or skeptic, leader or layperson, disciple or doubter.
We hope you consider joining your voice to ours at Christianity21.
Where is all this to lead the emergent church? Will it only be emerging further away from the rest of the church or will it merge back? I expect Greg can give us good knowledge on the state of the emergent church.