My (First) Free E-Book: « A Faith in Dialogue: My Flirtation with the Emergent Church »
After three years on the top shelf, I have decided to bring an early, raw and somewhat controversial section of my blog to light. I wrote these posts in 2008-9 when a difficult ministry experience, combined with my studies in postmodern theory in seminary, propelled me into what has come to be known as « the Emergent Movement. »
For me, this year was an intense time of soul-searching, characterized by a feeling of betrayal and anger towards the church, a desire to question everything, and a quest to seek a fully authentic form of Christianity for today.
I do not regret one word that I wrote, because that painful journey brought me to be able to write From « Cool Young Emergent Intellectual » to « Old-fashioned, Boring Old Conservative ». A post which has charted the course which my life and studies are still on today.
If I could summarize this book, I would say:
1) I was asking all the right questions, but didn’t have any answers
2) I was angry. My anger flowed out of hurt. When I found healing, one can notice a distinct shift in the attitude of my writing.
3) I was able to see, and critique, problems in the Church in this phase with accuracy, perspective and bluntness that I no longer possess (this was not always a good thing)
4) Nobody can understand my blog – especially 2010-12 – without this book. The 200 or so posts written in that time were all written to answer the questions I raised here
This book isn’t for everybody. The writing is inferior to recent posts, the questions may be unsettling, and some subjects boring.
But if you’re:
1) Frustrated with the church, and looking for a book which walks a path through to the other side of frustration, to appreciation,
2) Grappling with postmodernity, emergent, and post-Evangelical America
3) Interested by my intellectual journey
4) Troubled by the apparent inability of many churches to speak to culture
Then A Faith in Dialogue may just be a book you will enjoy. And hey – it’s free. So how can you go wrong with that?
I hope you will all enjoy it. Please feel free to leave interactions with the posts in comments below this post. I would also appreciate editorial feedback. I may someday publish this section – and subsequent sections – of my blog. So If you find typos, or have some ideas about how this book could be better, please don’t hesitate to comment or private message me!
Thank you all so much, and please enjoy!