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Theological Worldview Quiz

I took a theological worldview test and came out Wesleyan. Dang. I didn't want to be Wesleyan. I thought John Wesley was a bit of a jerk at times, despite writing lots of great songs. I always liked George Whitefield better.

"You scored as Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan. You are an evangelical in the Wesleyan tradition. You believe that God's grace enables you to choose to believe in him, even though you yourself are totally depraved. The gift of the Holy Spirit gives you assurance of your salvation, and he also enables you to live the life of obedience to which God has called us. You are influenced heavly by John Wesley and the Methodists."

Evangelical Holiness/Wesleyan 86%
Emergent/Postmodern 71%
Charismatic/Pentecostal 64%
Neo orthodox 54%
Reformed Evangelical 46%
Fundamentalist 39%
Roman Catholic 39%
Classical Liberal 25%
Modern Liberal 21%

What is your theological worldview?
Thanks to Lev, whose Dad took the test and came out "Emergent/Postmodern"


Blessitts web site and Orkney

“Our website visits exploded from of all places Saudi Arabia! Our site Statistics show almost 32,000 people visited our site from Saudi Arabia in one month! The huge increase in visits was from Saudi! Now get this 10%, 1 out of 10 visits to the website came from Saudi Arabia! Out of our top 10 Referral sites, 7 are in Arabic! When you see the hits are from Saudi one can easily see what is happening. E-mail has been flooding in to us from Saudi.”
How did that happen? Arthur made a pilgrimage to Orkney with his cross.


A Coordinator for Emergent Village

Tony Jones (the other white Jones) was selected to head up the national work of Emergent Village. Lots of discussion on that on the Emergent Village blog and Jay has a good post on why Tony is not the Anti-Christ.
The initial title "Director" did not really fit Tony and will be replaced shortly with "Coordinator". Emergent really needs a person to pull together the volunteer efforts - plenty of work to do and having a point person take care of it makes sense. Doug Paggit used to be that guy when the group was Young Leaders (although Molly Smallen was doing all the grunt work) and no one complained that there was a Director. I think its fine.
And the other emerging church networks in North America seem to have director (Emerging Church Network has a Director, Underground Railroad has a director) so a Coordinator for Emergent Village might be a good idea.


Revenge of the Blogger's Wives

I remember the good old days of tap tap tap late into the night and my wife yelling at me to get off the computer and stop blogging my life away. But now I prepare breakfast for the kids while she prepares her morning blog post. Even worse, my email jams up with comments directed to her blog. And don't ask me for a link to it here . .

Things are worse at Jordon's blog. In his sickness, his wife has executed a hostile takeover, despite singing a pre-nuptial agreement saying she would never blog there.

As for Derek and Amy's blog, I only see one link to Derek's thoughts and 6 to Amy's.Although I should tell you, Amy is the web designer and coder in the marriage and was posting at Shookfoil.org a long time before the joint-custody of their current blog.


Custard

theKingdomislikeYEAST
I will be teaching at the Custard Factory, Birmingham (UK) on July 2nd as a part of Resource, an ongoing training year for ministry in the emerging culture. Jonny has talked about it already and has more details. Its open to anyone who would like to learn. | was thinking about the emergent behavior of custard, and also baking powder (also invented by Alfred Bird) and how it relates to creating church in the emerging culture. Jesus had a lot to say about leavening agents and the Kingdom so this should be a good place to discuss it. Reading Roland Allen's book (Spontaneous Expansion of the Church and the Causes that Hinder It- PDF) will help.

And yes, the building is the original Bird's Custard factory which is now one of the largest art villages in Europe. Should be fun!!!
Custardfactory-looks cool

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Alliance SCP Packing Up

Really Upsetting News: The Alliance for Saturation Church Planting involved in 27 countries and based in Budapest has announced that it is closing next year. This is a real shock and cause for much grieving. Lee Behar is the team leader - a godly and enthusiastic [en-theos] man who has acheived remarkable things as head of ASCP. I emailed him over the weekend. . .

ME: "Lee I have been really upset the past few days, especially as i think of you guys going back. you have done so much good and i have enjoyed my times with you . .. . man. . . . so bummed. hope you guys are feeling like God is in control .. . because He always is, and always uses these times to redirect us or bring fresh resources to the situation."
Lee: "Thanks, bro. Yes, we're doing fine, fully committed to the goodness and sovereignty of our awesome God. Just because the ASCP is going away doesn't mean a lot of good people won't continue to do a lot of helpful things in this region. . ."

As you know, I go to Budapest every September to participate in their conference. I am really going to miss this team, and i hope there are ways to allow some of them to continue. I would expect this week, when the team has put their thoughts together a little more, that you might read some reports and thoughts and possible next steps from some of the bloggers on the team. You have possibly already met Scott Frederick (Budapest Scot) and Gabi from their visits to Suddenly Seminary.

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