flurry of questions fired at...
Taylor : New Zealand[11.09]
are you at?
Behind a desk, in Christchurch, New Zealand.
Beside me builders saw, bang, crash - as the church builds a cafe and
more community space. When I am not here (church pastor) I am at Laidlaw
College, lecturing in areas of mission and leadership. It's a fascinating
mix: being with people in journey of mission, yet reflecting in terms
of the wider tradition.
Text and books and jots & scrolls... what words are working for you
Decolonizing God, by Mark Brett. How to read the Bible given it's use
in colonisation? It's stuff like this that reassures me the emerging/alt
conversation is more than style, but is also the substance of doing faith
and being Christian. Also enjoying The Spirituality of Wine and pondering
the seasons - vines; grapes; wine; restuarants. What season am I? What
season is my church community? And whenever I get sick of words, which
is quite often actually, I enjoy the prayers of Michael Leunig and the
icons of the Orthodox church.
We're all on a cruise. Are you rocking the boat?
Yes. But I am always aware that boat rocking makes people sick, and that
sick people dial out of participation. Which makes for a poorer journey.
So I like to rock boats in ways that keep punters participating. So practically,
what am I doing that is boat rocking? Trying to organise a Sustaining
missional life gathering of the New Zealand missional tribes; suggesting
to the church we consider changing the name; asking my family the question
- what is the biggest risk we as a family could make?
Bread, wine plus....?
Has to be a red wine for a start. None of those flash New Zealand whites,
but a deep, rich, complex red. Bread, well anything as long as it has
rock salt. Now add my homegrown organic lasagne. In the last 12 months
I've got into my vegetable garden in a big way - even changed the name
of my blog to sustain:if:able kiwi and it makes for a pretty awesome vegetarian
Are you in touch with your roots?
of. I'm still a Baptist by conviction, glad of a grass roots, bottom up
ecclesiology and a radical history. I still hold to the tenets of being
evangelical - seeing Bible and change and practical faith as important.
However, some others who call themselves evangelical make me wonder if
I'm in the same place.
5 course meal, or quick picnic?
Depends who the company is and whether I have to make the food. And the
weather. If it's a fire, then 5 course. If its spring.
it time we stopped talking about 'emerging church'?
No. It takes energy to rebrand. Sure, the brand is polluted. But I'd rather
work at filling the brand with content - with creative worship that helps
people love the poor and creates home for the wounded.
inevitable i-pod question...
Black Seeds and Fat Freddys Drop - awesome Kiwi dub music.
Are you Out of Bounds?
Depends who you ask. Just a few months ago I was labelled "incense smoking
postmodernist" by some local Christians. So they would say yes. But I'm
also a 41 year old father of two, driver of a station wagon and owner
of a mortgage and at times that feels pretty suburban. But perhaps that's
the real challenge. Alt.worship started out at 9 pm. Hip for 20-somethings,
shite for parents. It's easy to be hip and single. My dream is to be radical
and 60 with grandkids. I woke up once, half way between day and dream,
aged 60 and announcing I was resigning my existing job to go(once
again), experimental community planting.
hour train journey - who would you like to be sat opposite?
My partner. We get on really well and it would make for a very comfortable
conversation. And then I'd like to add Andrei Rublev, the creator of Rublev's
icon. Artist and theologian. But he took Abraham out of the Genesis 18
narrative and I'd like to grill him about his theology of being human.
And then I'd add in Bono. I'd like to listen to Rublev v Bono in terms
of spirituality and formation and creativity.
on the radar?
Working on a regular gathering of missional Kiwi leaders, drawn together
not by gurus, but by a shared journey of friendship. Wanting to nail three
book projects. Yep, dumb I know. But I have a project on female Christ
figures in film that messes with lots of historical theology. Another
project on table talk, exploring missional/emerging church by creating
a dialogue with the families of Abraham, David, Ruth. It also messes with
our notions of family and theology and church. And another project on
missional/emerging church within established church walls that names some
of our journey at Opawa. Come to think of it, established churches are
the new out of bounds aren't they?
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