Archives For David Fitch

 

BOOKS AND CULTURE Picks its
Favorite Books of 2009

http://www.christianitytoday.com/bc/columns/bookoftheweek/favoritebooksof2009.html


David Fitch Reflects on
Soong-Chan Rah’s
THE NEXT EVANGELICALISM

http://bit.ly/5gLPk1


For my money, J Kameron Carter’s (Professor of Theology and Black Studies at Duke Divinity School) Race: A Theological Account is the best book on the issue of race and the development of Western White Christianity. To grotesquely oversimplify, Kameron helps us see (through Foucault and others) how “race” was constituted by the West once the Roman church separated itself from the Jews (and the nation of Israel) in the first three centuries. In other words, once the church’s identity was no longer seen as an extension of the ONE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL, chosen for Mission to the world, and became in essence separated from the church of Jerusalem, race became a constituting factor in the church and it was an invention of the Western church to create all sorts of fleshly power relationships. If we would escape the cycle of race, we must escape the Western culture that shapes us by this concept of race. Rah is right about this. It is encoded in our language, our culture and the ways we relate in the Western church. It is part of democracy and part of capitalism. This is how deep Rah’s White Cultural Captivity goes. The question is, to what extent have the various ethnic churches now coalescing in America and indeed around the world, by their buying into capitalism and the great United States, become grafted into this same racist account of the world? And how do we all get out of it. We must deconstruct race as a constituting encoding of our very language and the way we think. Has Rah accomplished this in his book? Or moved us deeper into the ways race defines us? I seriously don’t know.

To my knowledge, the only ethnic group in N America able to call the church into diversity and out of white cultural captivity with a critical distance to prosperity-driven-capitalism-endorsing-Christianity, ARE THE NATIVE AMERICAN CHRISTIAN indigenous groups and their leaders that Rah talks about in his book (see here for instance). I know some of the leaders as friends, and frankly they have a reserve for buying into the American economic system (for obvious reasons) and yet have a love for Jesus Christ. For my money, these are the ones we should be looking to for leadership on this issue … but will we all listen?

http://bit.ly/5gLPk1

Read our review of THE NEXT EVANGELICALISM

Or our review of Kameron Carter’s RACE

The Next Evangelicalism:
Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity

Soong-Chan Rah.

Paperback: IVP Books, 2009.
Buy now: [ ChristianBook.com ]

 

Win a Free Conference Registration!!!

Through the Consuming Fire:
Economic Faithfulness
in An Age of Consumerism

November 13-14, 2009 – Indianapolis

http://englewoodcc.com/consumingfire/

Through the month of September, we will be running a contest to see who can refer the most people to register for the Through the Consuming Fire conference. The grand prize will be a free conference registration! We will also give away three book prizes!

So, tell your friends and urge them to register listing you as their reference! Feel free to use your blog, twitter, the Facebook e-vite, the conference flyer, or whatever other means (legal, of course…) you want to spread the word. You are welcome to use any of the images/logos on our site to assist in spreading the word.

Here are the full details:

  1. The contest will run from September 1 through 11:59PM ET on September 30, 2009.
  2. Listing yourself as your referrer will not count toward your total.
  3. All winners must have referred at least TWO people. (NOTE: A spouse is a valid referal…)
  4. The grand prize winner will be the person who has referred the most registrants. If there is a tie, the winner will be drawn at random.
  5. A registration is not complete, and will not count toward your total, until payment is received. Although the contest ends on September 30, we will continue to accept payments for people who registered for the contest through Wednesday Oct 7. Any registration for which we have not received payment by Oct 7 will be eliminated from the contest totals.
  6. If the grand prize winner has already registered and paid, we will refund his/her money.
  7. The book prizes for the runners-up will be awarded to the three people who have the second, third and fourth most referrals. Any ties will be resolved by picking a winner at random.


QUESTIONS?
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Win a Free Conference Registration!!!

Through the Consuming Fire:
Economic Faithfulness
in An Age of Consumerism

November 13-14, 2009 – Indianapolis

http://englewoodcc.com/consumingfire/

Through the month of September, we will be running a contest to see who can refer the most people to register for the Through the Consuming Fire conference. The grand prize will be a free conference registration! We will also give away three book prizes!

So, tell your friends and urge them to register listing you as their reference! Feel free to use your blog, twitter, the Facebook e-vite, the conference flyer, or whatever other means (legal, of course…) you want to spread the word. You are welcome to use any of the images/logos on our site to assist in spreading the word.

Here are the full details:

  1. The contest will run from September 1 through 11:59PM ET on September 30, 2009.
  2. Listing yourself as your referrer will not count toward your total.
  3. All winners must have referred at least TWO people. (NOTE: A spouse is a valid referal…)
  4. The grand prize winner will be the person who has referred the most registrants. If there is a tie, the winner will be drawn at random.
  5. A registration is not complete, and will not count toward your total, until payment is received. Although the contest ends on September 30, we will continue to accept payments for people who registered for the contest through Wednesday Oct 7. Any registration for which we have not received payment by Oct 7 will be eliminated from the contest totals.
  6. If the grand prize winner has already registered and paid, we will refund his/her money.
  7. The book prizes for the runners-up will be awarded to the three people who have the second, third and fourth most referrals. Any ties will be resolved by picking a winner at random.


QUESTIONS?
Email us:
englewood [d o t] conferences [ a t ] g m a i l [ d o t ] c o m

 

Win a Free Conference Registration!!!

Through the Consuming Fire:
Economic Faithfulness
in An Age of Consumerism

November 13-14, 2009 – Indianapolis

http://englewoodcc.com/consumingfire/

Through the month of September, we will be running a contest to see who can refer the most people to register for the Through the Consuming Fire conference. The grand prize will be a free conference registration! We will also give away three book prizes!

So, tell your friends and urge them to register listing you as their reference! Feel free to use your blog, twitter, the Facebook e-vite, the conference flyer, or whatever other means (legal, of course…) you want to spread the word. You are welcome to use any of the images/logos on our site to assist in spreading the word.

Here are the full details:

  1. The contest will run from September 1 through 11:59PM ET on September 30, 2009.
  2. Listing yourself as your referrer will not count toward your total.
  3. All winners must have referred at least TWO people. (NOTE: A spouse is a valid referal…)
  4. The grand prize winner will be the person who has referred the most registrants. If there is a tie, the winner will be drawn at random.
  5. A registration is not complete, and will not count toward your total, until payment is received. Although the contest ends on September 30, we will continue to accept payments for people who registered for the contest through Wednesday Oct 7. Any registration for which we have not received payment by Oct 7 will be eliminated from the contest totals.
  6. If the grand prize winner has already registered and paid, we will refund his/her money.
  7. The book prizes for the runners-up will be awarded to the three people who have the second, third and fourth most referrals. Any ties will be resolved by picking a winner at random.


QUESTIONS?
Email us:
englewood [d o t] conferences [ a t ] g m a i l [ d o t ] c o m

 


David Fitch, professor of theology at Northern Seminary and author of The Great Giveaway, is tentatively lined up to do a workshop at the “Through the Consuming Fire” conference here in Indianapolis, Nov. 13-14.

Here is an excellent video clip of him defining the concept of a “missional order”:


Dave Fitch – the Cultivate Talk on Missional Orders from Bill Kinnon on Vimeo.

 

David Fitch (author of The Great Giveaway)

 

is coordinating an event in Ft. Wayne, IN

 

on Saturday January 3, 2009

 

SEEDING MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES:
A LEARNING COMMONS

Last year, we did this missional conference that is a non-conference kind of thing. We gathered, had very short presentations, nobody paid, some people brought food to share, and we talked all things missional. It was encouraging and informative. I think we can do it even better this year.

So… I am calling for another meeting of the “Seeding Missional Communities Learning Commons.” This year we’ ll meet in Fort Wayne Indiana on Saturday Jan 3rd. We will meet be at the place Ben Sternke’s community gathers in Fort Wayne, Indiana. We’ll gather and discuss an array of issues including a.) the merits of missional orders as a community-forming missional/evangelistic discipline, b.) the Sunday gathering as missional, and c.) the need for a missional evangelistic tool to nurture new conversions in our communities (read about that here). Now there is very little organization being done for this. We’ll gather, have different presenters and open discussion, and some time for decompression. THERE WILL BE NO CHARGE. No one will be selling books. We’re just getting together to encourage and commiserate for the gospel.

Read the full description from David’s blog:
http://www.reclaimingthemission.com/2008/12/announcing-missional-nonconference.html

There is also a Facebook invite:
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507258918#/event.php?eid=39687688561

 

David Fitch Reviews Andy Crouch’s Culture-making

http://www.reclaimingthemission.com/2008/10/to-all-missional-artists-seeking-to.html

As some might know, I have a complaint concerning the way evangelicals engage culture. The way we engage culture is either to reject it all or embrace it all. Our culture habits, I contend, have been formed under a 50 year Niebuhrian hangover where we view culture in singular unilateral terms. To compound the problem, we regularly make Jesus Christ into a principle to be translated (or not) into it (instead of concretely embodying his way into the world). This is the influence of Niebuhr’s Christ and Culture.

Culture is more complex, multiple and diverse than that. It is ubiquitous as well. It cannot be escaped. And Jesus the Christ is not a principle but an historic incarnation of the second person of the Godhead. God began his work in the world (Missio Dei) by actually entering into the world for the reconciliation of the whole world to Himself. To be His people, is to engage the world in all its complexity for the incarnation of the gospel via the formation of a people. This people, is a cultural expression of the Holy Spirit as an extension of God’s Missio begun in the sending of the Son.

Read the full review:
http://www.reclaimingthemission.com/2008/10/to-all-missional-artists-seeking-to.html

Culture-Making:Recovering Our Creative Calling
Andy Crouch
Hardcover: IVP, 2008
Buy now [ Doulos Christou Books $16 ] [ Amazon ]


Dan Smith has engaged in a Chapter-by-Chapter
Conversation with ELECTING NOT TO VOTE
http://blog.ndansmith.net/2008/10/14/electing-not-to-vote/

ELECTING NOT TO VOTE
Ted Lewis, ed.
Paperback: Wipf and Stock, 2008
Buy now [ Doulos Christou Books $17 ] [ Amazon ]


FIRST THINGS reviews Daniel Siedell’s
GOD IN THE GALLERY:
A CHRISTIAN EMBRACE OF MODERN ART
http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/?p=1197

In a recent book assessing the state of evangelical scholarship, Mark Noll refers to “a boomlet in evangelical art history [that] rests squarely on the work of the Dutch Reformed scholar Hans Rookmaaker.” Had Noll seen Daniel Siedell’s book God in the Gallery, he might have thought differently. Siedell is a long way from Rookmaaker, and his book—whether or not it can be called evangelical—is no boomlet. God in the Gallery is an impressive detonation in and of itself.

The Christianity-and-art conversation is gridlocked. The stalled traffic includes those who are profoundly suspicious of the art world, and those who are infuriated enough by this unforgivably “conservative” suspicion that they, in turn, write contemporary artists a theological blank check. A book capable of broaching this impasse has long needed to be written—but who would have suspected it would be this good? What makes God in the Gallery noteworthy is that it addresses another gridlock as well, that of contemporary art. The traffic in this case involves those liberated by the end of modernity to explore spiritual directions, and those committed to keeping art a staunchly secular enterprise. “The art world,” insists Siedell, “is growing increasingly uncomfortable with its collective unbelief.”

Siedell’s qualifications enable him to address both these dilemmas. He is a firmly ecclesial Lutheran with deep—one might say overriding—sympathies for the Orthodox Church. In addition, Siedell holds a Ph.D. in contemporary art (he studied with noted critic Donald Kuspit), and he is a seasoned curator with a decade of gallery experience.

Read the full review:
http://www.firstthings.com/onthesquare/?p=1197

GOD IN THE GALLERY:
A CHRISTIAN EMBRACE OF MODERN ART

Daniel Siedell
Paperback: Baker Academic, 2008
Buy now [ Doulos Christou Books $20 ] [ Amazon ]