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Is the church holding its breath? Here’s some encouragement to breathe in and breathe out.

Posted by on Apr 25, 2011 in blog links | Comments Off on Is the church holding its breath? Here’s some encouragement to breathe in and breathe out.

Is the church holding its breath? Here’s some encouragement to breathe in and breathe out.

Guy at “The M Blog” has written a very good post called “Ecclesiology shifts needed to get us back on track.”

The “shifts” that Guy mentions in his title come from Allan Karr a professor at the Denver Campus of Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary – a sister seminary to the one where I work and study.

Karr presented his suggestions “needed to achieve a viable 21st Century ecclesiology” within a metaphor of breathing: breathing in and breathing out. Here are two examples:

1. Breathe in – From extrabiblical traditions to biblical minimums.

2. Breathe out – From institutional church-based to Kingdom of God based ecclesiology.

I think the idea of “biblical minimums” is very important. Too often, people add man-made ideas to what it means to be the church.

Jump over to Guy’s blog for the other 8 “shifts.” What do you think of Karr’s suggestions, and what do you think about his “breathing” metaphor?