The wonder is that churches are not in more disarray.
They are standing pat, opting to uphold the status quo rather than undergo the upheaval. The word is out: Reinvent yourself for the 21st century or die.
In his endorsement on the front cover of Sweet's book, Rick Warren praises its message: "Soul Tsunami shows us why these are the greatest days for evangelism since the first century. You won't hear vague theories and 'what ifs'--you'll get Saddleback's own proven small groups model and strategy for plugging in new members and creating disciples that are prepared for ministry. A quantum spirituality challenges the church to bear its past and to dare its future by sticking its big TOE into the time and place of the present T hen, and only then, will the church not appear to be in a timecapsule, sealed against new developments.
Then, and only then, will a New Light movement of 'world-making' faith have helped to create the world that is to, and may yet, be. But we imagine that we are not.
And what we have to recover is our original unity. Note: The new focus is on unity -- a worldwide oneness reflected in the growing union between the East and West -- and between the physical planet, all of humanity, and our spiritual God.
That point is well illustrated by the above statement by Thomas Merton , the popular Catholic author who popularized mysticism and died in Asia searching -- and experiencing -- the depths of Tibetan Buddhism. In part, the physics of David Bohm and Fritjof Capra are ways of responding to culture's having pushed it there.
Mysticism which Einstein called 'cosmic religiosity' is metaphysics arrived at through mindbody experiences. Mysticism begins in experience; it ends in theology Note: Yes, mysticism leads to new belief systems -- but the spiritual guides behind those beliefs are the enemies of God and tormentors of humanity. New Light leaders, therefore, are in-formational connectors helping the body of Christ to become an in-formed church, an in-formational community. Information brokering is central to creating community in postmodern culture, not to mention achieving synergic states of group consciousness.
Note: But it's the Holy Spirit, not human philosophies or processes that makes God's Word come alive in a believer. It's certainly not by assessing the "energy flow" in a room, as Sweet suggests below. See 1 Corinthians Some preachers almost unwittingly do an energy analysis of a congregation, assessing the energy charge of a room, pinpointing the energy flow, and drawing strength from those hot spots from which energy emanates most powerfully Yet entropies of information produce variety within a species as well as new species themselves.
The second law of thermodynamics states that energymatter decomposes a nd, what is more, that the more entropy grows, the less the amount of usable energy. Since the total amount of energy and mass in the universe cannot change, the entropic consequence of the second law is known as evolution.
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Christ will be embodied for the postmodern church in information. The church is fundamentally one being , one person, a comm-union whose cells are connected to one another within the information network called the Christ consciousness. No congregation or denomination can go it alone in being the body of Christ The modern era downplayed a biblical doctrine of salvation that had this communal dimension.
In contrast, the New Light movement is concerned about the salvation of ensouled communities as well as individual souls, and the salvation of community souls relating synergistically to one another. New Light communities extend the sense of connectionalism to creation and see themselves as members of an ecological community encompassing the whole of creation.
The world of nature has an identity and purpose apart from human benefit. But we constitute together a cosmic body of Christ Creation spirituality is of tremendous help here in weaning us from this homocentric warp New Light pastors are what Arthur Peacocke calls 'priests of creation' -- earth ministers who can relate the realm of nature to God, who can help nurture a brother-sister relationship with the living organism called Planet Earth.
This entails a radical doctrine of embodiment of God in the very substance of creation. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church identifies the difference between pantheism and panentheism :. But a spirituality that is not in some way entheistic whether pan- or trans- , that does not extend to the spirit-matter of the cosmos, is not Christian. Third, New Light embodiment means to be 'in connection' and 'information' with ancestors and ancestral memories. To be in connection means to be able to sing, not only selected stanzas, but all the verses A globalization of evangelism 'in connection' with others, and a globally 'in-formed' gospel, is capable of talking across the fence with Hindu, Buddhist, Sikh, Muslim--people from other so called 'new' religious traditions 'new' only to us --without assumption of superiority and power.
The knowledge of the environments of other religions is a spiritual duty as well as an intellectual necessity for the formation of our own religious heritage.
The 10 links below all lead to Rick Warren's Ministry Toolbox at www. Ministry Toolbox Endorsements : " It outlines eight "myths of half time" that distract people trying to move from success to significance. It also explains the new rules of this journey, since the old rules of the first half do not work anymore.
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