I’ve had some questions about my New book An Emerging Spirituality which will be due out somewhere during or after the summer; mostly about the content and if it will have my “relevant revelations” in there that people have gotton used to. First off, this will be a full length book, I’m putting alot more work and time into this book, I’ve got alot of people working on designs and layouts for it.
In the book I will have chapter specific topics that I delve into and try and bring a new light, but not a new doctrine, some chapter subjects include, salvation, heaven, hell, the christian life, doubt, discussion and many more.
Again as with most of my writtings (with exception of REthink Christianity) I will be using biblical imagery and trying to bring a new focus on an old scripture. One of the beautiful things about the Bible is that it is a living book, it can speak to you today, and my goal is always to find out what the bible is saying at this moment to us. So I will be taking scriptures and shedding light on some insperational points that havent been heard about those scriptures before.
Over the past century we have begun to use the term personal relationship to describe our new life with Christ. Though some insist This is a new term, it is not. The idea had been around since the very days of Christ and the term can be traced back to some early church fathers writings.
I propose that this relationship that God has with us is three-fold.
I propose that this relationship with God is ongoing; meaning, no specific start point and no end.
I propose that this relationship with God is emerging, Changing, growing and always evolving.
I propose that this relationship with God is personal, specific, distinct and most of all unpredictable, undefinable and unfathomable.
When we begin to establish guidelines to a relationship between two people we not only limit the relationship, we take the personal and distinct experiences that may illuminate while in this relationship and fall blind to the uniqueness that attracts and causes us to love one another. Most denominations (not limited to Christian), sects and groups have placed definitions on words and experiences central to the Christian faith almost as a quick reference to God flash cards.
My intention is not to debunk this idea, however I think as much good there is in it, it also becomes dangerous. There is a benefit to put in to lay person terms some of the Christianese terms we throw around. However with new believers classes required for new members in major denominations, the experiences central to our faith are being generalized and predicted as if God has no personal relationship but a standardized prearranged relationship with his creation.
The past Month yeilded no love among some christian communities; controversy surrounding the new Rob Bell book Love Wins and the new Brian Mclaren book Naked Spirituality, I wasn’t suprised, but a little let down with the lack of discussion. My new book An Emerging Spirituality will be a conversation book, with questions and answers about real issues that need to be discussed.