Philippians 2

5Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
 6Who, being in very nature[a] God,
      did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
 7but made himself nothing,
      taking the very nature[b] of a servant,
      being made in human likeness.
 8And being found in appearance as a man,
      he humbled himself
      and became obedient to death—
         even death on a cross!
 9Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
      and gave him the name that is above every name,
 10that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
      in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
 11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
      to the glory of God the Father.

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…and this too

  1. We believe that the triune God is the origin and the ultimate goal of all things; and that, through Jesus Christ, we are called to give our allegiance to God and to make the Church our true dwelling place. We believe that the claims of Christ have priority over those of the state, the market, race, class, gender, and other functional idolatries. “You shall have no other Gods before me” (Ex. 20:3). 
  2. We believe that communal worship is the heart of the Christian life. We seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit to bring our everyday practices into greater conformity with our worship, such that our entire lives may be lived to glorify God. Similarly, we pledge to give and receive counsel about how we might better embody the Gospel in its individual and communal expressions. “Praise the Lord; praise the name of the Lord; give praise, O servants of the Lord” (Psalm 135: 1). 
  3. We believe that the church undercuts its own vocation when it compromises with the institutions, allegiances and assumptions that undergird the “culture of death” in our world. We remind all Christians that, in rejecting the sword and other lethal means to advance His goals, Jesus set an example for all of us who seek to follow Him. While accepting rather than imposing death may still be foolish and scandalous in the eyes of non-Christians (cf. 1 Cor. 1:23), it remains central to what it means to follow a crucified and risen Messiah. We believe that the process of renewing the church in our day requires Christians to rethink all those values and practices that presume a smooth fit between killing and discipleship no matter how disturbing or divisive this reappraisal may be (cf. Matt. 10:34-8). Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). 
  4. We do not accept the ultimacy of divisions imposed on the Body of Christ — whether they be national borders, denominational divides, cultural and social stereotypes, or class divisions. We seek to restore the bonds of ecclesial unity and solidarity that are always under threat from the powers and principalities of the present age. “For I am sure that neither death, nor life, . . . nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Rom. 8:38-39). 

From Ekklesia Project 

What are my basic Christian beliefs?

I Believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth. And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, Who was concieved by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried: He descended into hell, the third day He arose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, sitteth at the right hand of God the Father almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

Strivings

I normally don’t do this…but here are a few things on the plate.  I notice some bloggers occasionally put up their happenings.  I thought I’d do the same…just to let folks know I do live in the real world.

My two oldest boys, Isaiah and Israel, are preparing for a production of Aladdin at the Neighborhood Theatre here in Charlotte, NC in August.  I am proud of these young men.  They are taking this project serious with fun.

Preparing for a class that I’ll be teaching in the Fall at Warehouse242 here in Charlotte, NC.  It is called Bridge-Building.  Essentially I’ll be discussing racial reconciliation, poverty, and their relationship to postmodern missional communities.  I started a blog from our first class earlier this year.  I will be posting my notes and hope to bring some of the conversation over to the blog. 

Announcing the “Practicing Pentecost” Podcast

Steve Knight announces a project that Rod Garvin and I are working on together with the good folks at WiredParish.  We had our first recordings last week. In our first recording we discussed everything from racism and being missional to black megachurches.  Hopefully we will discuss what it means to be postmodern negros living an exilic existence in the Bible Belt. 

Greg Horton over at the Parish blogs about it.  There are a couple of podcast teasers there as well.  Greg has a great one.  I almost busted my gut listening to that brother.  Great combination of satire and serious theology. 

IVP is starting a line of books that will be addressing emerging culture called Likewise Books.  My brother David Zimmerman facilitates a blog for Likewise titled Strangely Dim.  I am currently working on a proposal myself.  I am hoping to see a generation of Christians build-bridges across racial, ethnic, social, and political lines.  I believe Likewise is going in that direction.

 

I’ll be giving a lecture on the Exodus story and African-american Christianity at Belmont-Abbey College in September.

Doug Pagitt gives some description of a new book that will be put out by Emergent Village and Baker in March 07′.  I have submitted an essay for this project.  Viva la revolution!

Say what?

Cruising through the blogsophere I happened upon this post from Thabiti Anyabwile from the Reformed side of things.  He blogs at Pure Church.  I find the growing number of blacks in the Reformed tradition intriguing.  While I disagree with much of his description of Kingian leadership and message I do believe that it is important to have these kinds of discussions.  This gives further credence that black Christians are not a monolith.  A good thing to be sure. 

Dr. King Is Not the Right Model for Black Preachers

excerpt:

The African-American church needs leaders that are not as concerned with political wars and public policy as much as they are concerned with a faithful proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Mid-term elections pale in comparison to the serious assaults committed by the enemy of our souls against the church and African Americans. While the church has given its brightest and best in the cause of social justice, she has suffered a significant drain on her leadership resources and her primary mission of making disciples. Consequently, today’s Black church may in many ways be weaker than the church in 1830!

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