FREEBIE FRIDAY: Pagitt Book
Welcome to another FREEBIE FRIDAY
. Today, instead of giving away something I created, I'm giving away a book. It is ""Church in the Inventive Age" by a friend, author and pastor, Doug Pagitt
. I dragged the image from Amazon. Here's some words from his back cover:
We live in the midst of inescapable change
. Maybe this thrills you. Maybe this scares you. We can't pretend cultural
change doesn't impact the church. It does. It always has. The challenge for churches is the rise of a creative
, participatory, inclusive culture. The role of the church is to live as a participant
in the culture. Inclusion, participation, collaboration
, and beauty are essential values. Living
in the Inventive Age is not optional. We can either be in on the change
or we can be left behind.
I have a short anecdote about Doug. I met him in Haiti when I went there this last May. We instantly connected. We had a few good talks. But one in particular stands out to me. We were chatting about the volatile nature of talking theology these days. There is an atmosphere of intolerance and ridicule around the discussion of ideas. Instead of a healthy, intelligent and encouraged curiosity about ideas and theology and philosophy in an atmosphere of mutual respect, there are immediate ramifications if you think outside of the prescribed box. It's like there are people just standing around with "ORTHODOX" or "HERETICAL" stickers, ready to plant one on you whenever you open your mouth.
I said to Doug that I often think of the phrase, "at play in the fields of the Lord". No one seems to be in the mood to just play, explore and discover anymore. With a mock surprised look on his face and with the voice of sarcasm, he jolted back, "DO YOU THINK????" He personally knows as well as I what it is liked to be dismissed for thinking and saying some things.
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