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CAUEAT:: I don’t feel as cynical as the following makes me sound; I think the points are valid.

Casey and I have been talking a lot lately about Modernism/Postmodernism and Generations: Builders/Boomers/Xers/Millenials.

Some things that Postmoderns (PoMos) long for are “Authenticity,” and “Community.”

Here is a funny line of what has happened with the desire for authenticity.

1970’s
Christians should be “authentic” in their external lives
>>Enter the Jesus Movement
>> Music should include Christianity
>> Books should include Christianity
>> people should witness at work and invite people to Christian events.

The result:

1980-1999

A glut of “christian” events, books, music, shows, videos… all helping us be christian.

**Problem:

Christian events start looking like capitalism.

**Solution:

Christian events should be authentic and “come back to the heart of worship”…

1995
>> Christian concerts start including a 3 song “worship segment”
>> “Worship” cd’s start selling like hotcakes
>> Church isn’t about feeling good about ourselves, it is about Giving to God
>>>>through lot’s of WORSHIP “genre” songs in which we feel good about ourselves.

**Problem

EVERY FREAKIN’ THING OUT THERE is a ministry AND A worship experience.

**Solution

Christians should be authentic about where ministry and worship happens: AT CHURCH.

>>Church becomes more important for PoMos than for Boomers
>>Church is about connection to the ancient
>>Church is about realness of Christ and History
>>Christ becomes Jesus and Theology becomes Story
>>Unity in bare orthodoxy becomes more important than party lines
>>For many the question of whether their “non-denom” church is “lawfully in the line of the ordained pastorate of history” becomes important… drift back into catholicism.

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I think some comments for or against my rant are warranted. REMEMBER (I am NOT really this CYNICAL).

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