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i'm still here

ahhhh GASP!!! coming up for breath!!!

i have been travelling all over england and scotland and have not done well with finding internet access. one internet station at the Glasgow bus station banned my site and typepad as well.

I am staying tonight in Dingwall, near Inverness with Dave. Home tomorrow for Elizabeth's birthday.

Things went well in Sheffield, btw. Last night I stayed in Leeds with Simon Hall. Tell you more later.

A Refuge for Lurkers

Last week was Delurking your blog week, but Lurkers (non-posting blog readers) were safe on this blog. No pressure to OUT yourselves at all.

This is my repentance for the Forced De-lurking that I started back in 2003 when I exposed Darrell Dement as Lurker of the Day. He was a good sport, and so were the others after him. But now I have lurkers from countries all over the world, some countries more closed to public discussion of religion than others. And if lurking without getting publicly exposed (either voluntarily like Jordon or forced) means keeping their heads on their shoulders, then I am not about to start up the habit of de-lurking again.But if i did start up the habit again, there would be some great images to use.

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Tom Sine's Blog Debut

Tom Sine debuts his blog today. I remember bugging him about blogging on many occasions. Great to see he has finally relented. Tom and Christine Sine are superstars in the Kingdom. Tom will be online today at 1-2pm PST as part of the Church Has Left The Building Conference build-up. I will put a link to Tom's Blog when he announces it.

Also: (beta) is open. Its not pretty, but its THERE. This will be a blog for missiology, strategy and updates on church planting movements in Europe. I am on the blogging team, along with others in the DAWN Europe Team. I hope to start a small series this week on the impact of Missio Dei on todays emerging-missional church.

The DeWaay Debate: Has Emergent Gone Troppo?

Friday's debate (20th, not 16th as i said earlier) between Bob DeWaay and Doug Pagitt has me wondering whether Emergent has gone troppo.

After reading the harsh critiques against Emergent, one gets the impression that attending an Emergent Conference is like watching an episode of Lost: a group of disoriented misfits going troppo together, constructing unsafe buildings and having no idea where they are . . . despite the deep mumblings of a bald man.

But one of those things might be true. It is quite possible that Emergent has indeed gone Troppo . . .IF . . in fact, we are referring to Tropological theology.

Paul Hiebert speaks of the doxological or tropological theology that "is done in the context of worship, and stresses the mystical, sacramental and iconic nature of truth. The key question it addresses is, “How can we comprehend complex, transcendent truths about God and reality that lie beyond words, logic and human reason?” It uses nondiscursive signs and tropes such as icons, metaphors, types and parables to communicate transcendent truth." (Paul Hiebert, Spritual Warfare and Worldview, p. 167, Global Missiology for the 21st Century, ed. William Taylor)

It is probably this addition of tropological theology that Bob DeWaay will attack in tomorrow's debate. [Doug has released a book called Body Prayer] But tropological theology is found all the way through church history. "Augustine suggested a four-fold sense which would later be adopted by medieval theologians: (1) literal; (2) allegorical; (3) tropological or moral; and (4) analogical." Theology Adrift,

Viggo Mortensen (him Viggo, not him 38M, suggests that some scholars believe Martin Luther gave the tropological (relating to the soul) interpretation priority over the allegorical (relating to the church) in his interpretation of the psalms. (Link)

Paul Hiebert says more about Tropological theology as an addition to systematic, biblical, and missiological theology.
"Tropological theology is doxological. It is not an abstract reflection on the nature of truth for truth's sake. It sees theological reflection as an essential element of worship. Christopher Hall (1998, p. 67) writes, "For the [early church] fathers, the Bible was to be studied, pondered, and exegeted in the context of prayer, worship, reverence, and holiness". Tropological theology is also tied to the character of the exegete. . . . one cannot trust a brilliant scholar if he or she is arrogant, unfaithful, impatient or deceitful." (Spritual Warfare and Worldview, Global Missiology for the 21st Century, ed. William Taylor)

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