“When lawyers and teachers learn and change they call it Personal Development. However, when Christians, specifically Christian leaders learn and change they call it …. whats the word I’m looking for? Heresy.”
paraphrase of part of a conversation between Ky and Dan, The Last Word and the Word After That

As Mike Todd says, we Christians like to say that we are on a journey. But I am afraid that by this we do not mean real change. For most of us, our journeying is around the neighborhood that we grew up in; possibly venturing into an adjacent neighborhood. Very few ever venture off to other parts of the city of God.

Recently, in much of my theology, I have ventured away from the conservative, charismatic neighborhood and have been exploring areas of Orthodox, Catholic, Mainline Protestant and Emergent. As a result, my view of “sin and the fall” and of the atonement have gone under drastic renovations. I can honestly say that the view from my window does not look anything like it did a year or two ago.

I recommend a book that I  have just finished reading to anyone who wants to get a taste of what real change may look like. Book One of the Brian McLaren trilogy A New Kind of Christianeasily describes so much of  the shift that God has been taking me on and am looking forward to ordering the second and third “The Story We Find Ourselves In” and “The Last Work and the Word After That” as well as “A Generous Orthodoxy“.

NOTE: Reading a review of the third book in the trilogy brought me to  Mike Todd’s blog WorD [Waving or Drowning] and I have now subscribed to it in my Google Reader. Looking forward to reading more Todd.

“Among other things, he helped me understand how faith must engage with the culture in which it finds itself but how it can become so excessively enmeshed with that culture that its power is neutralized—actually, neutered was his word. If a faith becomes enmeshed, not just engaged, with a culture, Neil said, people hardly notice—until a wave of cultural change hits. Then, when people want to move on from that fading culture, when they want to be part of the new wave, they feel they must leave behind their faith as well. Their only alternative is to try to disengage their faith from the fading culture, but this is one of the most painful things a person can do—mentally painful, spiritually painful, he said.”