Wednesday, October 19, 2005

slowly emerging

Hi folks. I’ve been gone from the blog for a while. Wednesday last week I flew to Auckland, ears blocked, to the futurechurch conference. I lead some worship (remixing some art and theology voyaging and adding in some boatmaking). The out of bounds book launch went well (I ended up selling out of books), with a great “launch” prayer by Brenda Rockell and Mark Barnard. (Oh, I met the first person who liked the title of my book. Needless to say he was an American!)

Wednesday night I “animated” a conversation on the relationship between church, tradition and mission (mixing a Whale Rider, two biblical texts, Sardar’s Postmodernism and the Other and Coupland’s Polaroids from the Dead. (Craig blogs about it here).

Stayed and re-connected with friends; Tony and Jan. Tim and I had a great coffee and argued about money. Who should pay for spirituality; the user or the organisation? It was a question that “nagged” into the Friday workshop I led: spirituality2go and texting communion: selling out or sold out? I continue to ponder and work with Postcard 5 from my out of bounds church? book. How far can Incarnational mission go? So much of Incarnational misson is locked into physicality. Which is fine and necessary, but I believe is currently limiting our mission vision. What does it mean for Incarnation to be atomised into hyperlinks and 24/7 cyberspace? Surely that is the Incarnational challenge of this millenium.

Then a very restful weekend at the beach with Paul. Flew back home on Monday. My ears are still blocked. It’s actually a necessary season. I am living life half-tuned outwardly as a commitment to inward re:centring.

I hope that helps fill in some of my blogspaces from the last 7 days.

Posted by steve at 11:04 AM


  1. Thanks for the link, Steve. It was nice to meet you.

    Comment by Craig — October 19, 2005 @ 3:43 pm

  2. stole a copy of the book from a friend and really enjoyed it. wish i could be there for the grand opening party

    Comment by erickeck — October 20, 2005 @ 12:10 am

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