Posts Tagged ‘Doug Pagitt’

I am going to The Great Emergence conference. I think this is going to be one of the most important conferences around one of the most important books this year.  The conference centers around Phyllis Tickle’s new book of the same name but also includes many important breakouts.  If you want to get a taste for why Tickle’s book is so important go here and watch the video.

I will be getting in to Memphis on December 4th around 2:00 PM.  If anyone wants to see Graceland, hang out for dinner, or see downtown Memphis that day, let me know.  Would love to hang out. I will have a car if anyone needs a ride.

The event is billed as:

“The Great Emergence National Event is a unique and freshly designed event built on innovative adult learning techniques including interaction, participation, and inspiring content on the current state of and future possibilities for Christianity.”

Speakers include:

Tony Jones, national coordinator of Emergent Village and author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier

Doug Pagitt, founder and pastor of Solomon’s Porch (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and author of A Christianity Worth Believing: Hope-Filled, Open-Armed, Alive-and-Well Faith for the Left Out, Left Behind, and Let Down in Us All

Peter Rollins, founder of ikon (Belfast, Ireland) and author of The Fidelity of Betrayal: Towards a Church Beyond Belief

J. Brent Bill, executive vice president of the Indianapolis Center for Congregations and the author of Sacred Compass: The Art of Spiritual Discernment

Lisa & Will Samson, members of Communality (Lexington, Kentucky) and co-authors of Justice in the Burbs: Being the Hands of Jesus Wherever You Live

Joseph Myers, author of Organic Community: Creating a Place Where People Naturally Connect

Tim Keel, founder and pastor of Jacob’s Well (Kansas City, Missouri) and author of Intuitive Leadership: Embracing a Paradigm of Narrative, Metaphor, and Chaos

Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, co-founder of Rutba House (Durham, North Carolina) and author of New Monasticism: What It Has to Say to Today’s Church

Karen Ward, is Abbess of Church of the Apostles, Seattle, an intentional, sacramental community in the way of Jesus Christ.

Sybil MacBeth, is a mathematics instructor, a dancer, and a doodler. Her 2007 book Praying in Color: Drawing a New Path to God introduces a prayer practice that is meditative, visual, active and playful. She lives in Memphis, Tennessee with her husband, Andy, who is an Episcopal priest.

Nanette Sawyer is founding pastor or Wicker Park Grace and author of Hospitality—The Sacred Art: Discovering the Hidden Spiritual Power of Invitation and Welcome.

Cost is $145 before November 5th.  You can register here.


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“The Bible gains its authority from God and the communities who grant it authority.” – Doug Pagitt

Well said Doug.

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Last night I had the distinct pleasure of seeing The Church Basement Roadshow in Oakland. The CBR is much more than a 32 city book tour for Tony, Doug, and Mark.  It’s a rollicking roadshow filled with unexpected fun, some exceptional storytelling that can almost hide the deeply serious message that sits just beneath the surface.  These are three guys who want Jesus to be front and center.

To be honest, I didn’t have a clue what it was going to entail and went hoping for the best.  And I wasn’t disappointed.  My hope in this review is to give you a flavor of what to expect so that you will choose to go.  More photos can be found here.

The evening opened up with a short film documenting the incredible change taking place in 1908.  It was really interesting to see how the guys captured the tension of 100 years ago.  In each stage you could have easily placed 2008 in the film and the message would have been exactly the same. This gave way to three great-grandfathers who are out on a revival tour.  Preacher A.L. Withee (Scandrette), Professor A.B. Hawthorne (Jones), and Big Brother Duke (Pagitt).  They led the crowd in a song that felt just like a revival.  (And I can’t get that song out of my head – Thanks Tony)  It kind of felt like being at a fair.

Doug Pagitt went first and shared the second chapter from his book, A Christianity Worth Believing.  Doug chronicled his entry into following Jesus, which got derailed by well meaning people who tried to fit him into a boxed faith.  It was easy to resonate with Doug’s words, having personally felt much of the tension he experienced.  He asked a brilliant question, “How do we allow God into our world?”

The three revivalists came back into song and sold us the Balm of Gilead.  It was a healing oil designed to calm the soul.  Nice touch guys.

Tony Jones went second and shared a video with Trucker Frank, a pivotal part of his book, The New Christians.  He then shared a testimony that was essentially from his book about being indoctrinated into a belief system, and opposed to a practice of following Jesus.  Only when he found himself, post-seminary, in South Dakota, struggling to love in an impoverished world did he realize that it was the practice that changed lives.

Mark Scandrette went third and shared his “Experiments in truth” from his book, Soul Graffiti. It was a raw, yet passionate account of trying to love in a world that is not always receptive to “Christian” love.  This part of the show begged us to consider the deeper practices of following Jesus.

Each book seemed to share a different side of the emergent church.  Doug shared the heart of the personal journey and what it meant to shed the systematic baggage we’ve picked up.  Tony shared the journey of walking away from Platonic Christianity, one that focuses on what we believe and absent of how we believe.  Mark shared the poetic side of the journey of practicing love.

What was ironic about the journey that each had experienced led them to this moment.  This was a group of men fighting for the soul of Christianity, for something more wholistic and real than what they had grown up with.  It was to me, the heart of the emerging church.

If you want to really, really take a deeper look into what the emerging church is, this is the place to do that.  Don’t miss it.

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If you live in Sacramento and want to meet the guys who helped really fuel the Emergent conversation, put June 18th on your calendar. You don’t want to miss this. Unfortunately I will. I was supposed to be there but the guys pick a day I am on vacation.


My cohort is hosting . Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt, and Mark Scandrette will be bringing an old time Gospel Revival Roadshow to our town. Consider yourself officially invited and yes, this is an open event so feel free to invite others to join you.

  • Date: Wednesday, June 18, 2008
  • Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm (with possible meet-n-greet at Streets of London Pub afterwards)
  • Location: Lakehills Covenant Church
  • Street: 7000 Rossmore Lane
  • City/Town: El Dorado Hills, CA
  • $10 door charge (volunteer helpers free).
  • We are needing 5-10 volunteers to help with set-up/tear-down, book tables, and greeting. Email Jeromy at jeromyj@sbcglobal.net if interested (dinner will be included for volunteers).
  • Please see the Facebook Sacramento Roadshow Event. You can also RSVP there as well.

Visit the Roadshow Site.

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In the spirit of the new book, Why We’re Not Emergent, the accompanying website, and this post, I thought I’d present the Top 50 Possible Reasons Why You’re Not Emergent.


50. They’re all a bunch of false prophets. Really, that’s what they told me

49. My mother will disown me.

48. I just don’t like Doug Pagitt. He scares me.

47. I heard from a famous pastor that Emergent is from the debil.

46. I don’t like Rob Bell’s hair.

45. The word Emergent is not in the Bible.

44. It’s just not allowed in the Vanderhoeven family.

43. I heard Calvin would simply not approve

42. Mark Driscoll told me I couldn’t.

41. I’m just not “certain” yet it’s the right way to go.

40. I heard from this guy who knew this lady who had a brother who was Emergent and he went blind doing it.

39. I enjoy being a skeptic.

38. I didn’t learn about Emergent in seminary so I’m not going to start now.

37. I like being on the bigger team.

36. I heard you had to take yoga.

35. I’ve heard from a famous prison ministry guy they don’t believe in the Bible.

34. Where would I be without absolute truth.

33. Tony Jones went to Princeton Theological Seminary…that liberal.

32. They didn’t teach this in Alpha.

31. I’m not white.

30. I’m over 40.

29. I don’t have any cool, black eyeglasses.

28. I don’t like coffee or Guinness.

27. It’s immoral to smoke pipes or cigars.

26. They haven’t yet come up with my denomination of Presbymergent

25. Emergents read unapproved books.

24. I’m allergic to candles.

23. I like Jesus but not Emergent.

22. Brian McLaren’s books are not theologically correct. I’m not sure why, I just know they are.

21. I like my Christianity strong and hot.

20. The orthodoxy police will bust me.

19. I’m not uber-cool. In fact, I don’t even know what “uber” means.

18. I don’t understand it and I don’t want to.

17. If it doesn’t have the letters SBC in it, I’m not interested.

16. All they want to do is love. Where’s the truth in that?

15. I’m a bullhorn type of guy.

14. I prefer Joel Osteen.

13. I just finally bought into fundamentalism and you want me to shift?

12. I don’t really want a generous orthodoxy.

11. I refuse to switch to Apple

10. I can’t. I go to John MacArthur’s church.

9. My friends will think I’m a heretic.

8. I already was a New (Kind of) Christian.

7. I refuse to grow a soul patch

6. Hell fire and brimstone works just fine, thank you.

5. I don’t like loud, rock music at church. It’s a sin.

4. Their hermeneutic of ecclesiology is unorthodox, fundamentally esoteric and meandering. It borders on epistemological ambiguity that is really troublesome. I’m afraid it will lead to heretical uncertainty of the most pernicious kind.

3. But then I might have to really have faith.

2. Brian McLaren is the debil.

And the number one possible reason Why You’re Not Emergent is:

1. The emerging church is so yesterday.


Just in case you were wondering. The answer is yes, this is humor.

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