Are you there, God? It’s me, Generation X is the title of an essay I’ve been working on about the emerging church. I like it so much, I’ve decided to replace my former blog name, “Generation X: Memoir and Revelation,” with this new title. Obviously, it’s rooted in the book practically every Generation X female read in her youth, Are You There God, It’s Me, Margaret.
According to Mark Sayers, the emergent movement is a Generation X phenomenon.
Sayers is an Australian who wrote, Trouble with Paris: Following Jesus in a World of Plastic Promises. He is the leader of Red East in Melbourne, an “innovative Christian community specifically reaching the young adult demographic.”
Sayer contends that the Emerging Church is a reaction to mass culture and not a theological movement. As I strive daily to study and understand the teachings of Jesus, I become more and more interested in this movement.
As a young girl attending Southern Nazarene University, I was very inspired by a visitor to our campus one semester. His name was Tony Campolo and he came to speak in chapel. Last February, he was interviewed on the Colbert Report. I am currently reading Campolo’s book, Red Letter Christians. The word “red” refers to Christ’s words in the Bible, which are frequently printed in red.
His Web site says this about the book:
Over the past couple of decades, Evangelical Christians have often been associated with the Religious Right and the most conservative positions of the Republican Party. Rebelling against this designation are those who prefer to be called Red Letter Christians, desiring to live out the red letters of Jesus’ words in the New Testament. Believing that Jesus is neither a Republican nor a Democrat, Red Letter Christians transcend partisan politics and concentrate on issues viewed critically through a moral and biblical lens.
Dr. Campolo, who is the former president of Eastern University, St. David’s, Pennsylvania, had a major influence on Shane Claiborne a founding member of the New Monastic community Potter’s Street Community. He has written a book called the Irresistible Revolution, and is strongly associated with the emergent movement. His commitment to the teachings of Christ are quite challenging as he believes in non-violence and redistribution of resources to the poor.
Some visitors to this blog may be interested in a blog I discovered a few weeks ago, Emergent Nazarenes. I haven’t had time to dive very deep into it, but have read a few posts and comments. See what you think.
I read a book review today of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott. The review was written by the blogger, Middle Age Ramblings. Here are two take aways:
“…What is more pertinent is becoming conscious to use writing as a tool, ‘to live as if we are dying.’”
“…Tell the truth,” she urges. “If you’re a writer, you have a moral obligation to do this. And it is a revolutionary act – truth is always subversive.”