Tuesday, April 06, 2004

church and the dub

I am a dub survivor
ready to ez on by

cos its been a long, long time
since the dance hall boy
loved your ways.

Went to Salmonella Dub on Friday. I’d forgotten I had a body that is God-made to move. I’d forgotten what it feels like to feel bass through my feet and chest. I’d forgotten the magical integration of a tight set, great lights, dub beats, and video.

Someone once described Graceway as like a Salmonella Dub set:
a mix of brass, beats, electronica, with Tiki tane conducting them like wild prophet, inviting us to join for the ride. And what a ride it is; sound, light, visual, dance, sweat dripping from every pore in my body. It finishes all too soon. But what a great gig, no great experience. I am reminded of how I enjoy our attempts at graceway to incorporate the elements of this experience into our worship; sound, light, visual, movement…connecting all the senses to God, who calls us to worship him with all our heart/soul/mind/strength. I go of to the next gig, thinking about just which salmonella dub track i will use on sunday…

Posted by steve at 07:48 PM

Sunday, April 04, 2004


shattered … he posted the last chapter of his book to the helpful global friends who give feedback.

45,000 words
8 chapters
…. done ….

he broke open a beer, knowing that if he died tonite, he would leave a complete manuscript.

after a good nights sleep, he will return to the beginning. he will take to each chapter with a sharp red pen and the written comments of those helpful global friends.

Posted by steve at 11:10 PM

Saturday, April 03, 2004

a deconstruction of Incarnation

Incarnation is the new buzz word. (Alongside missional). Words are power, so in the spirit of deconstruction;
we are Incarnational because Jesus was Incarnational? Right.

Of course …
So Incarnational mission is retreating from people …
as Jesus did lots when he sought the quiet to pray?
So Incarnational mission is a geographic immobility and a snobbish attitude to other cultures …
as Jesus did when he focused on Israel and only very reluctantly blessed the Syro-phonecian woman?
So Incarnational mission is refusing to share the Messianic secret …
as Jesus instructed people he healed to do?

No, of course not. So what is Incarnational?


Posted by steve at 06:21 PM

kiwis lead the way again: News flash from joe ker

1 April saw the birth here in new zealand of extreme.emerging church
it offers fools for christ a unique experience and will make all baptists and other followers of full emmersion exstatic.

Posted by steve at 01:12 PM

Friday, April 02, 2004

stripping, art and space

My latest radio rant ..
I want to soapbox about stripping the church.

Now before you reach for the radio dial, let me reassure you, I am not talking about a nude streak down the aisle.

At Easter, some churches strip …


Posted by steve at 07:17 PM

salmonella dub~masters

off to see the dubmasters tonite. yeeha.

Posted by steve at 07:11 PM

Thursday, April 01, 2004

it is thursday.
i am missing auckland friends.

Posted by steve at 02:12 PM

do you want many or few?

I am in the final stages of preparing my book manuscript for emergentYS. Provisional title – e~mergent postcards: a postmodern missiology. It is a followup to my PhD research on the emerging church. It is a to book, not a from book, an attempt to name some new mission contours, to link Scripture with emergent practices.

One of the things I dream of doing with the book is give some sense of writing in community. I want to ask a range of people to provide “comments” – short paragraphs alongside my thoughts – to disagree, to provide an example, to add a prayer or a ritual- and thus broaden perspectives. Just like a blog.

I am wanting to include voices like a new Christian, women church planters, wiser older heads, alongside the usual names that one needs to lift one’s book from obscurity to whatever.

The publisher and I are talking about having
a) 2 “commenters” that run through the entire book plus 4-6 other regular cycling commenters ie 6-8 commenters in total
b) 2 “commenters” that run through the entire book plus new and different voices in every chapter ie 20 commenters in total.

Would you rather have a few repeated voices for the sake of continuity, or more voices at the risk of not knowing who they are?

Posted by steve at 09:51 AM