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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

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?