I love this post that I found on the How God Messed Up My Religion blog. It describes in such poetic form just how I have been feeling.

I Lost my Religion

OK, somewhere between evangelicalism
and post-modernity angst,
I misplaced my religion.
I thought it was securely fastened to my faith,
but apparently not.
I might have dropped it when I peered over the rail
into the abyss of debate over doctrine and belief-ism;
or maybe when I took out the trash,
bags and piles of useless dogma that was cluttering up my sacred space.
I don’t know.
I was a bit nervous at first how my faith would take it,
losing my religion I mean.
They’ve been inseparable for so long.
But so far so good.
I’d go so far as to say that my faith has found new vitality.
I suspect that there was some co-dependency going on
between it and religion.
It has been a healthy separation.
I lost my religion. In doing so, I found a new vista of grace and beauty in faith.

Pam Hogeweide

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In a recent post, Bill Easums called for us to drop buzzwords.

“missional, incarnational, attractional, organic, externally driven, purpose driven, and the ever present emergent”

I realize that these words can have the possibility of having some confusion as different people and groups use them differently, however, they are descriptive and thus can help us understand one another. After all, would we also want to drop the other buzz words? – evangelical, charismatic, protestant, or orthodox. Or how about right wing/ left wing, conservative/ liberal, or modern/ post-modern? Should we drop them all? Or should we work at coming up with some standard definitions?

I don’t necessarily like buzz words either but we do need some way to set up markers that help others understand were we are coming from. So with that said, I will label myself post-charismatic, missional, maybe even a liberal conservative.