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July.31.2009

I just finished reading this book with collected writings / speeches / letters by this guy named Eberhard Arnold.  Definitely liked his mindset – he lived in Germany (and died in 1935).  He seemed like a pretty interesting dude.

I also began reading Pagan Christianity about a week ago.  It has in it what I have been thinking about for the past month or two – except the thoughts are well-formed and thoroughly researched.  Great stuff.  It’s by Frank Viola and George Barna (the guy that does all the christian statistics). Read it – it’ll not only save me time blogging about stuff for a while (because you may properly assume this is what I will be pondering), but it will also challenge you to tear away the paper of traditions from your mind that the institutional church has so readily – and mostly unknowingly – wrapped it with throughout the past couple thousand years.

Oh, and this guy Eller looks cool too.  I’ll start reading his stuff soon.  Through all this God has been really orchestrative, btw.  Such a great teacher.

Love you all (still and forever).

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Sue permalink
    August.1.2009 6:01am

    I read the first chapter online and will go buy the book. Interesting read – I have heard a lot about that way of thinking lately and it has my interest. Have you read the second in that series also and is it ‘constructive’ as it claims? “Reimagining Church” – may pick it up also.

  2. Jill permalink
    August.5.2009 1:48pm

    The sequel to “Pagan Christianity?” is out now. It’s called “Reimagining Church”. It picks up where “Pagan Christianity” left off and continues the conversation. (“Pagan Christianity” was never meant to be a stand alone book; it’s part one of the conversation.) “Reimagining Church” is endorsed by Leonard Sweet, Shane Claiborne, Alan Hirsch, and many others. You can read a sample chapter at
    http://www.ReimaginingChurch.org .
    It’s also available on Amazon.com. Frank is also blogging now at http://www.frankviola.wordpress.com .

    Also, for a look at the purpose and vision behind these books, check out Viola’s brand new book, “From Eternity to Here” at http://www.frometernitytohere.org .

    • tiffanykaye permalink*
      August.5.2009 4:41pm

      Yes – it is supposed to be pretty good.. I have it but haven’t gotten to it yet in my stack of books.

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