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Arborg, Manitoba, Canada
Married to the love of my life with whom I (and God - all three of us) have co-created three incredible sons. Interested in philosophy, theology, and how to live Truth. Love music but couldn't carry a tune to save my life.

Friday, 23 May 2008

What have we forgotten?

I heard Alan Hirsch speak at a church planting congress in Ottawa last year. It was an incredible experience. His talks indicated a passion for God and the church that was refreshing. He has written The Forgotten Ways as an exploration of the essence of the church as the missio Dei.
I came across an interview with Alan Hirsch done by Christianity Today. He has some helpfully provocative things to say regarding small groups and their relation to the church.
He endorses the Evangelical Manifesto, which is an attempt to reclaim the good Evangelical name from the excesses with which it has become associated.
I love what Alan Hirsch brings to the evangelical world. He is a breath of fresh air with his willingness to take a critical look at where we are and how we got here, and then where we should be and how to get there. I am often nervous when I hear nostalgic comments about the apostolic church, but he uses the term in its original sense of being people sent into the world with the good news (evangel) of Jesus the Christ. Theology is an important part of this good news, but we have too often made our particular version of theology the core of the gospel, when the core must always be Jesus Christ.

6 comments:

Raffi Shahinian said...

I had to do it. Andrew's call at TSK compelled me.

THE POST-EVANGELICAL MANIFESTO is now up and awaiting comment, criticism, or, more probably, to be blown out of the water.

Grace and Peace,
Raffi Shahinian
Parables of a Prodigal World

Alan Hirsch said...

Thanks Snow for the kind and affirming words. I am humbled by them.

Take care and stay true
A

Snow said...
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Matt said...

Hey snow, haven't read the Evangelical Manifesto, but I will say that the minute we ask 'who is Jesus', we are doing theology...

Snow said...

Hi Matt,
You are absolutely right, which means that our words can never save us, only Jesus can do that.

Matt said...

Agreed. And then once He saves us, we are to drink deeply from His word that we may grow in knowledge and obedience!