Month: January 2007

The Emerging New T.U.L.I.P.

Gunny over at the Semper Reformanda blog has info on the emerging church’s new TULIP….{hee, hee.}

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White Mocha + White iPod= Total Post-modern Yuppy Convenience

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In the not-so-distant future, you will be able to walk into a Starbucks and order your White Mocha and load your white iPod with music while you wait. Read the story here.

I can hear the old timers now…”When I was young, we had to walk uphill both ways to the coffee shop to get a 5 cent cup of coffee with unlimited refills and they let us play the jukebox for free!” Sorry oldman, we just opened up a can of post-modernism on you…and quit draining my social security!!

The Former Christ Church Episcopal of Plano Finds A New Denomination

Christ Church is the large Plano congregation that left the Episcopal Church last year.
It’s joined a currently small American Anglican group. Here’s a bit of the news release:

Leadership of the Anglican Mission in the Americas (AMiAs) welcomes the decision of Christ Church Plano to affiliate with their missionary outreach. The vestry, or lay board, of Christ Church, voted January 22, 2007 to join the Anglican Mission after months of study and discernment. The Rev. Canon David H. Roseberry, rector of Christ Church, announced this decision via email to the Christ Church congregation on Friday, January 26 as well as during worship services on January 27 and 28.

“We celebrate Christ Church’s affiliation with Anglican Mission, and I believe our partnership will result in strong kingdom ministry,” said the Rt. Rev. Charles H. Murphy, III, Chairman of the Anglican Mission in the Americas. “Under David Roseberry’s visionary leadership, Christ Church has established and maintained a strong commitment to missionary outreach at home and abroad. Christ Church brings demonstrated talent and a strong team to Anglican Mission,” Bishop Murphy added.
Christ Church disassociated from the Episcopal Church in September 2006 and has been under the temporary oversight of the Rt. Rev. Bill Godfrey, Bishop of the Diocese of Peru, who offered enthusiastic support of Christ Church’s affiliation with the Anglican Mission. In outlining their reasons for choosing to affiliate with the Anglican Mission, Christ Church leaders cited a common sense of mission, purpose, and values. Christ Church and AMiAs share a primary commitment to reach those who do not yet know the love of Jesus Christ. The Anglican Mission’s full connection to the worldwide Anglican Communion was also a determining factor in Christ’s Church’s decision.

“This is a great opportunity for our parish and for our future,” said Canon Roseberry. “It insures that we can continue just as we have been: on mission for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. That is what this transition and realignment has been about.”

“Our stated mission is to make disciples and teach them to obey the commands of Christ. And now we can continue this work within the family of the Anglican Communion and in the company of a growing group of committed leaders in the AMiA,” he added.

Christ Church joins five other Anglican Mission congregations in Texas: All Saints, Houston; BridgePoint Church, Austin; HopePointe Church, the Woodlands; Mesa Community Church, Austin and St. Cyprian’s International Church, Amarillo. Anglican Mission leaders in Texas expressed delight at Christ Church’s affiliation.

“What a joy it brings to my heart that it would please God to have called both a dear friend and brother, David Roseberry, and a great community of faith, Christ Church Plano, to the work and ministry of the Anglican Mission in the Americas,” said the Rev. Clark W.P. Lowenfield, rector of HopePointe Church, The Woodlands.

“Having rejoiced for years in what the Lord has done and continues to do through the leadership and vision at Christ Church, it does not surprise me that God would want to use the good work he has already begun in them to encourage and plant churches in a mission movement as vibrant as the Anglican Mission. God’s calling on their hearts as a church, yoked with our calling as a Mission, can only bring blessings,” he continued.

“Christ Church Plano is passionately committed to the Lord Jesus Christ and His Word,” said the Rev. Matthew S. Kessler, lead pastor of MESA Community Church, Austin. “It will be a blessing to partner with God together to proclaim the Gospel, make disciples, raise up leaders, and plant churches so that in Texas and beyond, everyone might come to know the One true Living God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We joyfully welcome Christ Church Plano to the Anglican Mission family.”

The Anglican Mission in the Americas, a missionary outreach of the Anglican Province of Rwanda, has added on average one church every three weeks since it was established in 2000. Its mission is centered on reaching the 130 million un-churched in the US. In the last seven years, the Anglican Mission has grown from eight to 109 affiliates with over 70 other groups in various stages of formation.

For more information on Christ Church Plano and their discernment process, visit:

http://www.christchurchplano.org/

http://www.christchurchplano.org/amia/

{HT- Dallas Morning News}

Evangelical Free Church of America Turning Amillenial?

WayOfLife.org reports:

“EVANGELICAL FREE CHURCH CONSIDERS DROPPING PREMILLENIAL BELIEF – The Free Church in America (EFCA) is considering dropping its Premillennial statement of faith. The EFCA Board of Directors accepted the second draft of the revised statement on October 19, 2006, and if approved at the next Board meeting it will go to the Convention for a final vote in February 2007. The current statement says: “We believe in the personal and premillennial and imminent coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and that this ‘Blessed Hope’ has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer.” The revision would remove the words “premillennial and imminent” as well as the statement that this blessed hope has a vital bearing on the personal life and service of the believer. Even if the revised statement is not approved by the denomination, the very fact that it has been proposed and twice approved by its board of directors is evidence of a growing rejection of Premillennial theology. The EFCA has 1,278 churches. It is enlightening that the proposed new EFCA statement of faith removes both the imminency of Christ’s return and the thought that Christ’s coming has a vital bearing on the believer’s life and service. We are convinced that the doctrine of the imminent return of Christ is not only Scriptural but it is also the only position on Bible prophecy that produces a vital bearing on Christian living. Thus, giving up Premillenialism has huge ramifications. It will be interesting to see if the current spread of Reformed theology among Baptists will result in the growth of amillennialism.”

Darrell Bock, Research Professor of New Testament Studies and Professor of Spiritual Development and Culture (CCL) at Dallas Seminary recently met with the EFCA ministers along with Elliott Johnson (Trad Dispensationalism), Douglas Moo (Historical Premillennialism), Greg Beale (Inaugurated Millennialism, also often associated with amillennialism) to discuss eschatology and the EFCA’s consideration of changing their doctrinal statement to include amillennialism (Bock represented Progressive Dispensationalism).

An interesting “future” awaits us as many are turning to a more reformed/amillenial view…

For those interested in all things “amillenial,” check out Kim Riddlebarger’s excellent blog “The Riddleblog“, a blog devoted to amillenial eschatology, as well as his book “A Case For Amillenialism.”

The Aluminum Falcon?

As a Star Wars fan, I found this video irresistable to post. What happened after the Death Star was blown up? WARNING: It contains many bleeped words and some slipped throught the cracks. Watch at your own risk. However, it is very funny! “What the blank is an Aluminum Falcon?…”