I’m thinking over the piece in Salon today about Mars Hill Church in Seattle. Have you read it? Want to talk about it?
Some of you will remember that I wrote a couple of posts about Emergent/Emerging Church. In the article Mars Hill is described with one of those words. I want to know how rolling back women’s autonomy can be emerging?
I realize that every article contains its author’s slant, so I am looking for reader feedback and experience here. I don’t want to lead dull worship, and there are certainly people with tattoos in my church, people who ride Harleys in their 50’s, people who dress up because they like to and others who don’t because it would never occur to them. I try to give an interesting sermon. There is almost always humor. They laugh and they cry.
They don’t swallow the Bible whole, unquestioningly. They live in the real world, the world where some people don’t get married because they don’t meet the "right" person and some people don’t get married because they can’t marry the "right" person. They live in the real world, where one income is rarely enough to pay for the oil in the furnace when it costs more than $2.25 a gallon. The come as they are, and I share a message that God loves them that way. The hard work of being a disciple is not turning your back on the world by creating a community of safety, surrounded by others abiding by the same rules to which you cling. The hard work of being a disciple is walking out there in the world of danger and being the person Jesus calls you to be anyway.
Talk to me, friends, especially women who are involved in Emergent. I am still trying to understand.