I always think nothing could get worse in Evangelicalsim and then I read something that tells me things are getting from bad to worse. This week I am reading a book by Brian McLaren and understanding nothing he is saying which I think he secretly wants....:). There seems to be an outer group such as me, and then this cliquish "in" group called the postmoderns. From what I am reading, we in the outer group cannot possibly understand the postmoderns so we shouldn't even try to talk with them much less mentor them. Only the "in" leaders can do this.
Bob at his TotemtoTemple blog directs us to a masterpiece review of McLaren's last book (his next one comes out on this March 25) by Tim Challies. From what Tim wrote, I don't think he got it either. But then Tim isn't in the "in" group either. Maybe Tim and I can reminisce about the good ole times together.
The sad thing is, for Tim who is young, I think the good ole days were last week. That is how fast all of these new and very "off-track" ideas are bombarding the church. Between universalism which seems to be really what McLaren is into, and the Third Wave, and open theism and God knows what else...and only God does know, we are under attack from the INSIDE.
And if all of that was bad enough, get this:
Church 'Brings Christ Into the World' of Violent Video Game's Players
"A Colorado congregation has an unorthodox outreach that uses a popular but violent video game to share the gospel. With two televisions, eight controllers and two Xboxes to accommodate up to eight video game players at a time, Red Rocks Church in Golden draws white-collar professionals with mortgages, kids with expendable incomes and scruffy-faced teens who come to play Halo 2 (H2), the record-breaking video game that raked in more than $125 million during its first 24 hours on the market in November -- making it the biggest one-day sales event in entertainment history.
In H2, which is set in 2552, players take on the role of a marine who is skilled in the art of hand-to-hand combat. In detailed maps, players stalk one another and try to eliminate one another with all manner of weapons.
Yet while the other gamers are hoping to go on killing sprees or running riots, Scott Bruegman, pastor of Red Rocks Church and an avid video game player himself, is hoping to grow his flock through the Halo outreach, which is currently held on Thursday nights.
"We started playing Halo to have fun," Bruegman, 33, who moved to the Denver area two years ago to start a church targeted at teens and young professionals, told "New Man" magazine in the March /April issue, out now. The full story on Xbox evangelism can be found in the magazine.
"But as more people came to play we saw that it was a great way to meet people," Bruegman added. "Eventually, we realized it was a great way to build relationships that could lead to conversations about Christ."
So why does Bruegman use H2, a first-person shooter game that is rated "M" (for mature) and features blood and gore, violence and even some bad language?
"Halo has brought people together and relationships have formed," Bruegman said. "By playing Halo a sense of trust develops and the non-Christian gamers see Christ-like attributes in our lives. As we've become friends they've started asking us about life and God."
Jeff Marlan, 30, an aspiring professional golfer, is glad Bruegman was willing to embrace an entertainment phenomenon and use it as a tool to minister.
"They've really impacted my life through the times we've played Halo," Marlan said of Bruegman and other church leaders. "I've always been a Christian, but I've never been too involved in church. It's been a life-changing experience."
Adds Bruegman: "We're befriending people who have had few positive encounters with Christians and we're bringing Christ into their world."
For more information on how to use video gaming as a form of evangelism, visit: the-whats-next-collective.org, xboxmission.org, redrockschurch.com."
I rest my case.