having recently linked to mark sayer's post on 5 things the emerging church got wrong in australia, he seems to be on a bit of a roll. i like the challenge of his need for a revolution of the self where he suggests some ways that we have been more co-opted than we realise by consumer culture...
- the lure of the hyperreal world
- commitment phobia
- therapeutic faith
- life as acting
- double lives
- choice anxiety
essentially these are questions around discipleship. (i confess i am a bit bored with the discussion around whether the term emerging church is over. for me it's always been around gospel and culture and mission. the terms are bound to change. the kinds of people into emerging church always want to be on the front end of the curve so whatever it was called we'd get bored when it became too mainstream and want the latest thing. it's kind of ironic that in a critique of consumption mark can't resist newness - isn't this part of being co-opted by taste cultures - hip vs mainstream?! anyway that's a small aside on a great post...)