OST is closed for business but its spirit survives on my blog.

The splendor of worship

We attribute splendor to that which we worship and over the centuries have constructed fine cathedrals and beautiful statues to do it justice, and to evoke it in the hearts of the faithful. Around the world, millions have repaired to churches, mosques or temples where they huddle together at this very moment in the worship of that which would barely be imaginable to them save for the breath-taking beauty and evocative splendor of the architecture in these places of worship.

Overhaul of Open Source Theology

If things look a bit different today, it’s because I have just switched OST from postnuke to drupal, which I think provides a content management structure much better suited to the demands of this site. Drupal is a simpler system – the forum in particular lacks the considerable sophistication of the old one – but it’s much more flexible and consistent in the way it handles articles and comments, which is the real core of OST. For help in finding your way around, read the rest of this story.

Postmodernism and how I came to think the way I do

Tim Parker

I first heard the Christian message over 20 years ago; at least that was when I was taken in by it. Little did I know it at the time, but my initial inclination was to ask legitimate questions as to the coherence and integrity, the intelligibility and
reliability of this person called Christ – my first tentative steps at doing theology.

Postcards from uncertain journeys

A “post-evangelical” apologetic set in a Northern Ireland context…

Moving beyond the worship service

For centuries, the worship service has been the primary gathering of the Christian church – from Catholic mass, to Reformation protestant worship services, to the traditional 1950s-style worship service, to the seeker-sensitive productions of the last two decades, to the more trendy gatherings we see today in emergent churches. I find it remarkable that the worship service has survived the two largest worldview shifts to impact the Western church – the protestant Reformation, and the present transition to postmodernism and the emergent church.

Outline of an emerging theology

The simple premise behind this website is that an emerging church needs an emerging theology. Such a theology will not appear overnight: it will be the product of a multitude of conversations, some of them scholarly, many of them informal and unrecorded. From listening to some of those conversations, however, it seems to me that we can begin to identify some of the key features of an emerging theology. This is a very personal, and no doubt idiosyncratic, overview – others will see things differently, and I hope that they will contribute to the discussion.

Thoughts about the 'gospel' we teach

Hud McWilliams

The devil hath the power to assume a pleasing shape.’William Shakespeare, Hamlet

As I have mused about this question that we are focusing on, I believe that it will aid the reader if they know what meaning I am assuming with certain terms, really only one, the ‘gospel’. After looking and reading some variety of sources and then checking all 99 references in the NASB 1995 (New Testament only), my definition of the gospel is, Jesus. Now what I mean by this is, I believe that the relational aspect of this message / truth is bound up essentially in the call to relate (if you will) directly with/to the Christ. How this takes place is as unique as each individual person.

Liquid Church

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The Meaning of Transcendence in the Postmodern World

Our discussion of transcendence runs two risks. First, there is the possibility of the miscommunication that arises when we use the same word, but mean different things. Second, we run the risk of trying to answer questions the world is not asking. We have concluded that our world displays a quest for transcendence, and so have decided to make this the topic of our discussion. But what are the questions the world is asking? What lies behind this quest? As John V. Taylor’s son told him, when he had decided to leave the church: ‘Father, that man [the preacher] is saying all the right things but he isn’t saying them to anybody. He doesn’t know where I am, and it would never occur to him to ask!’ My intention in this paper is to outline the different uses of the word ‘Transcendence,’ to ask where people ‘are’ in regards to transcendence, and to pursue one or ways forward.

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