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Making Sense of Church: Eavesdropping on Emerging Conversations about God, Community, and Culture Making Sense of Church: Eavesdropping on Emerging Conversati

Contributor(s): Burke, Spencer (Author), Altson, Renee N (Author), Beckwith, Ivy (Author), Campolo, Tony (Author), Conder, Tim (Author), Crouch, Andy (Author), Fleming, Dave (Author), Highway Visual (Author), Hipps, Shane (Author), Horton, Michael S (Author), Kimball, Dan (Author), Mathewes-Green, Frederica (Author), McLaren, Brian D (Author), McManus, Erwin Raphael (Author), Miller, Mark (Author), Myers, Joseph R (Author), Pagitt, Doug (Author), Seay, Chris (Author), Taylor, Steve (Author), Tomlinson, Dave (Author), Youth Specialties (Author), Sweet, Leonard (Editor), Yaconelli, Michael (Editor), Pepper, Colleen (With), Badley, Jo-Ann (Contribution by), Bakker, Jay (Contribution by), Baum, George R (Contribution by), Cecil, Brad (Contribution by), Creps, Earl (Contribution by), Engel, James F (Contribution by), Hendricks, Howard (Contribution by), Hunter, Todd (Contribution by), Ingram, Chip (Contribution by), Jones, Tony (Contribution by), Oestreicher, Mark (Contribution by), Parushev, Parush R (Contribution by), Smith, Chuck (Contribution by), Warren, Rick (Contribution by)

Brief Description:
Using the most compelling e-mail conversations from the Ooze.com, an online meeting place for those interested in postmodern spirituality, author Spencer Burke comments on and guides the reader through subjects such as authentic community, experiential worship, the internet and God, and more.

Jacket Description/Back:
Samplings of online discussions about God, truth, and church---from theOoze.com Our culture is rapidly changing and people are searching for new models and paradigms to find meaning in their lives. As in all transitional periods, this search takes place in grass-roots conversations where the 'new' is taking form. No other place so uniquely captures this struggle more than the message boards at theOoze.com, the premier melting pot of emerging spiritual conversation. Making Sense of Church is a snapshot of this 'community conversation' as it tries to make sense of God in the emerging worldview. It represents a gathering of individuals with different points of view, theologies, life contexts, and feelings. Author Spencer Burke, creator of theOoze.com, provides the framework writing for each chapter and acts as a 'guide' to the accompanying e-mail postings that supplement the chapters. Subjects discussed include: * Authentic Community * Experiential Worship * The Internet and God * Art as a Vehicle for Communicating Truth * Spirituality and Sexuality * What Is the Church? * What Is Postmodernism?

Contributor Bio:  Burke, Spencer
During the last 22 years of ministry, Spencer Burke has explored his passion for arts, technology, and the church. Spencer now serves at both THEOOZE and at his church, ROCKharbor, in Costa Mesa, California. As creator and sustainer of THEOOZE, Spencer has the opportunity to merge all of his passions together into one organization as he strives to understand what being a real and authentic follower of Jesus means in our world. ROCKharbor gives him the privilege to serve on the elder board, the speaking team, and---as strategic planner---facilitator and counselor to the staff.

Contributor Bio:  Altson, Renee N
Renee Altson's nonfiction and poetry have been published in Renee Altson's nonfiction and poetry have been published in journals and anthologies nationwide. Her weblog (www.ianua.ojournals and anthologies nationwide. Her weblog (www.ianua.org/weblog.php) has received wide acclaim and is viewed by thrg/weblog.php) has received wide acclaim and is viewed by the Christian and secular communities as an extraordinary narre Christian and secular communities as an extraordinary narrative. She is the author of Stumbling Toward Faith, on staffative. She is the author of Stumbling Toward Faith, on staff at Infuze magazine, and the managing editor of The Journal at Infuze magazine, and the managing editor of The Journal of Student Ministries. Renee and her family live in La Mesa,of Student Ministries. Renee and her family live in La Mesa, California. California.

Contributor Bio:  Beckwith, Ivy
Ivy Beckwith is a graduate of Gordon College, Gordon-ConwellIvy Beckwith is a graduate of Gordon College, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and holds a PhD in education from Tri Theological Seminary, and holds a PhD in education from Trinity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. Born anity International University in Deerfield, Illinois. Born and raised in new England, Ivy has been children's minister ond raised in new England, Ivy has been children's minister of Colonial Church in Edina, Minnesota, since July 2000. Her f Colonial Church in Edina, Minnesota, since July 2000. Her primary responsibility is preschool and children's educationprimary responsibility is preschool and children's education, where her focus is the spiritual formation of Colonial's c, where her focus is the spiritual formation of Colonial's children and families. hildren and families.

Contributor Bio:  Campolo, Tony
Tony Campolo (Ph.D., Temple University) is professor emeritus of sociology at Eastern University in suburban Philadelphia, a media commentator on religious, social, and political matters, and the author of a dozen books, including Revolution and Renewal, Let me Tell You a Story, and 20 Hot Potatoes Christians Are Afraid to touch. SPANISH BIO: Dr. Tony Campolo es profesor emeritus de Sociologia en el Eastern College de St. Davids, estado de Pennsylvania. Es Tambien fundador y presidente de la Evangelical Association for the Promotion of Education, una organizacion educativa que ayuda a ninos y adolescentes 'en situacion de riesgo', en las ciudades de Estados Unidos de America y en otros paises en desarrollo. El Dr. Campolo tiene escritos mas de 20 libros y es un orador popular tanto a nivel nacional como internacional. el y su esposa, Margaret, residen en Pennsylvania.

Contributor Bio:  Conder, Tim
Tim Conder (MDiv - Gordon-Conwell Seminary) has served as a pastor and an elder at the Chapel Hill Bible Church in Chapel Hill, NC for the past fifteen years. He now pastors Emmaus Way, an intentional missional community in nearby Durham while remaining a standing elder at Chapel Hill Bible Church. He is the author of The Church in Transition. He also serves on the leadership team of Emergent and on the Board of Directors for Mars Hill Graduate School. He and his wife, Mimi, have two kids, Keenan and Kendall.

Contributor Bio:  Crouch, Andy
Andy Crouch is editorial director for The Christian Vision PAndy Crouch is editorial director for The Christian Vision Project at Christianity Today International and executive proroject at Christianity Today International and executive producer of Where Faith and Culture Meet, a series of short docducer of Where Faith and Culture Meet, a series of short documentary films on Christians creating 'a counterculture for umentary films on Christians creating 'a counterculture for the common good.' He is a member of the editorial board of Bthe common good.' He is a member of the editorial board of Books and Culture, and a senior fellow of the International Jooks and Culture, and a senior fellow of the International Justice Mission's IJM Institute. His writing has appeared in ustice Mission's IJM Institute. His writing has appeared in several editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spirituaseveral editions of Best Christian Writing and Best Spiritual Writing. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylval Writing. He lives with his family in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. nia.

Contributor Bio:  Fleming, Dave
Dave Fleming (DM, University of Phoenix, MA, Denver SeminaryDave Fleming (DM, University of Phoenix, MA, Denver Seminary) is an author, gifted speaker, consultant, and sought-after) is an author, gifted speaker, consultant, and sought-after leadership coach. After twenty years in pastoral work, Dave leadership coach. After twenty years in pastoral work, Dave now assists businesses and churches with leadership formati now assists businesses and churches with leadership formation and organizational evolution through the portal of creation and organizational evolution through the portal of creative conversation. Dave earned a Doctor of Management in organve conversation. Dave earned a Doctor of Management in organizational leadership degree from the University of Phoenix aizational leadership degree from the University of Phoenix and a Masters in counseling/education from Denver Seminary. Hnd a Masters in counseling/education from Denver Seminary. His website is www.davefleming.org. is website is www.davefleming.org.

Contributor Bio:  Highway Visual
Highway Visual is a band of visual creatives, based in Northern California, who have experienced the spiritual power of visual expression. Highway produces media pieces used by those in worship and ministry to engage people in real places with God. Check out www.highwayvideo.com for more information.

Contributor Bio:  Hipps, Shane
Shane Hipps, teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church, is a dynamic communicator and sought-after speaker. His previous career in advertising helped him gain expertise in understanding media and culture. Shane lives with his family in Grand Rapids, MI. For more information, visit www.shanehipps.com.

Contributor Bio:  Horton, Michael S
Michael S. Horton (PhD, University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) is the J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California. A Reformed minister, he also co-hosts the White Horse Inn (whitehorseinn.org) and is editor of Modern Reformation magazine. The author of more than 20 books, his latest is The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way.

SPANISH BIO: Michael S. Horton ensena teologia y apologetica en el Seminario Westminster en Escondido, California, donde vive con su esposa Lisa y sus cuatro hijos. Es un prolifico autor, anfitrion de un programa de radio y editor de la revista Modern Reformation.

Contributor Bio:  Kimball, Dan
Dan Kimball is the author of several books on leadership, chDan Kimball is the author of several books on leadership, chDan Kimball is the author of several books on leadership, church, and culture. He is on staff at Vintage Faith Church inurch, and culture. He is on staff at Vintage Faith Church inurch, and culture. He is on staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, California, and is a professor at George Fox Un Santa Cruz, California, and is a professor at George Fox Un Santa Cruz, California, and is a professor at George Fox University. He enjoys comic art, Ford Mustangs, and punk and riversity. He enjoys comic art, Ford Mustangs, and punk and riversity. He enjoys comic art, Ford Mustangs, and punk and rockabilly music. His passion is to see the church and Christockabilly music. His passion is to see the church and Christockabilly music. His passion is to see the church and Christians follow and represent Jesus in the world with love, inteians follow and represent Jesus in the world with love, inteians follow and represent Jesus in the world with love, intelligence, and creativity. His website and blog are at www.dalligence, and creativity. His website and blog are at www.dalligence, and creativity. His website and blog are at www.dankimball.com.

SPANISH BIO: Dan Kimball es autor de varios libros, incluyendo 'Emerging Worship', y 'Jesus me convence, pbros, incluyendo 'Emerging Worship', y 'Jesus me convence, pbros, incluyendo 'Emerging Worship', y 'Jesus me convence, pero la iglesia no'. el es pastor de la iglesia Vintage Faithero la iglesia no'. el es pastor de la iglesia Vintage Faithero la iglesia no'. el es pastor de la iglesia Vintage Faith en Santa Cruz, California, una iglesia misionera enfocada e en Santa Cruz, California, una iglesia misionera enfocada e en Santa Cruz, California, una iglesia misionera enfocada en la cultura emergente y post-cristiana. Dan y su esposa, Ben la cultura emergente y post-cristiana. Dan y su esposa, Ben la cultura emergente y post-cristiana. Dan y su esposa, Becky, tienen dos hijas, Claire y Katie, y un viejo Ford Mustacky, tienen dos hijas, Claire y Katie, y un viejo Ford Mustacky, tienen dos hijas, Claire y Katie, y un viejo Ford Mustang de 1966. ng de 1966. ng de 1966.

Contributor Bio:  Mathewes-Green, Frederica
Frederica Mathewes-Green (BA, University of South Carolina; Frederica Mathewes-Green (BA, University of South Carolina; MA, Virginia Episcopal Seminary) is an author, commentator, MA, Virginia Episcopal Seminary) is an author, commentator, and Orthodox Christian. She is a regular contributor to Chriand Orthodox Christian. She is a regular contributor to Christianity Today, Focus on the Family-Citizen, and Touchstone.stianity Today, Focus on the Family-Citizen, and Touchstone.

Contributor Bio:  McLaren, Brian D
Brian D. McLaren, hailed as one of America's 25 most influential evangelicals by "Time" magazine, is an author, speaker, social justice activist, and pastor. McLaren's groundbreaking books include "A New Kind of Christianity", "A New Kind of Christian", "Generous Orthodoxy", "The Secret Message of Jesus", "Finding Our Way Again", and "Everything Must Change". McLaren has appeared on "Nightline" and "Larry King Live", and his work has been covered in "The Washington Post", the "New York Times", "Christianity Today", and many other publications. McLaren and his wife, Grace, live in Florida and have four adult children.

Contributor Bio:  McManus, Erwin Raphael
Erwin R. McManus (BA, University of North Carolina; MDiv, SoErwin R. McManus (BA, University of North Carolina; MDiv, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as lead pastor and cultural architect of Mosaic, a diverse, multi-ethnic church based in Los Angeles, California. As founder of Awaken, an entrepreneurial community, Erwin collaborates with a team of dreamers and innovators who specialize in the field of developing and unleashing personal and organizational creativity. A national and international consultant on culture, change, leadership, and creativity, he partners with Bethel Theological Seminary as a futurist and distinguished lecturer. He is the author of the ECPA Silver Medallion Award-winning book, An Unstoppable Force, and Seizing Your Divine Moment, Uprising: A Revolution of the Soul, and The Barbarian Way.

Contributor Bio:  Miller, Mark
Mark Miller (BA, Evangel University) is executive pastor at NewSong Church in Cleveland, Ohio, and he consults for other churches on reaching postmoderns, creativity, and leadership. He is the founder of The Jesus Journey, an experiential storytelling retreat that makes the story of the Bible accessible to postmoderns. He is married to Stacey and has two daughters.

Contributor Bio:  Myers, Joseph R
Joseph R. Myers is a multiprenuer, interventionist, and thinJoseph R. Myers is a multiprenuer, interventionist, and thinker. He is a founding partner of a communication arts group,ker. He is a founding partner of a communication arts group, SETTINGPACE, and owns a consulting firm, FrontPorch, which SETTINGPACE, and owns a consulting firm, FrontPorch, which specializes in creating conversations that promote and develspecializes in creating conversations that promote and develop community. op community.

Contributor Bio:  Pagitt, Doug
Doug Pagitt (BA Bethel College, MA Bethel Seminary) is pastoDoug Pagitt (BA Bethel College, MA Bethel Seminary) is pastor of Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis. He is part of the leader of Solomon's Porch in Minneapolis. He is part of the leadership of Emergent: a generative friendship among missional Crship of Emergent: a generative friendship among missional Christian leaders. Doug is married to Shelley and they are pahristian leaders. Doug is married to Shelley and they are parents of four children, and is author of Preaching Re-Imaginrents of four children, and is author of Preaching Re-Imagined, Church Re-Imagined, and BodyPrayer. ed, Church Re-Imagined, and BodyPrayer.

Contributor Bio:  Seay, Chris
Chris Seay is the pastor of Ecclesia, a progressive Christian community in Houston, Texas, recognized for exploring spiritual questions of culture and breaking new ground in art, music, and film. Chris is the author of The Gospel According to Tony Soprano and The Gospel Reloaded. He lives in Houston with his wife, Lisa, and their four children.

Contributor Bio:  Taylor, Steve
Steve Taylor is the founding pastor of Graceway Baptist Church (www.graceway.org.nz), in Ellerslie, New Zealand. He is completing a PhD on the emerging church and has a Masters in Theology in communicating the cross in a postmodern world. Steve receives requests to supply spirituality resources and to speak in UK and US.

Contributor Bio:  Tomlinson, Dave
Dave Tomlinson is the vicar of St. Luke's Church, Holloway, in North London, and former leader of Holy Joe's, an unconventional church group that meets in a London pub. He's a popular writer and speaker and holds a masters degree in Biblical Interpretation. Dave is married to Pat, and together they have three grown-up children and two grandchildren.

Contributor Bio:  Youth Specialties
For over thirty years, Youth Specialties has worked alongside Christian youth workers of just about every denomination and youth-serving organization. We're here to help you, whether you're brand new to youth ministry or a veteran, whether you're a volunteer or a career youth pastor. Each year we serve more than 100,000 youth workers worldwide through our training seminars and conventions, resources, and on the Internet. SPANISH BIO: Por mas de treinta anos Especialidades Juveniles a trabajado con lideres de jovenes cristianos de todas las denominaciones. Estan alli para ayudarle, sin importar si es un joven ministro o un veterano, un voluntario o un pastor de carrera. Cada ano apoyan a mas de cien mil lideres alrededor del mundo a traves de seminarios de entrenamiento, convenciones, recursos y la Internet.

Contributor Bio:  Sweet, Leonard
Leonard Sweet (PhD, University of Rochester) holds the E. Stanley Jones chair at Drew University. Founder and president of SpiritVenture Ministries, he also serves as a distinguished visiting professor at George Fox University, and is the chief writer for preachingplus.com. Sweet is a popular speaker and has written numerous books, including Jesus Drives Me Crazy, SoulTsunami, SoulSalsa, Carpe Manana, and (with Brian McLaren and Jerry Haselmeyer) A Is for Abductive: The Language of the Emerging Church.

Contributor Bio:  Yaconelli, Michael
Mike Yaconelli worked with young people for more than forty years. He co-founded Youth Specialties, an international organization that trains and provides resources for more than 100,000 youth workers worldwide. Mike passed away in a tragic accident in 2003.

Contributor Bio:  Pepper, Colleen
Colleen Pepper spent three years as a staff writer for a large parachurch organization before launching her own communication firm, Pepper Creative, in 2001. She and her husband, Jeremy, live in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Contributor Bio:  Bakker, Jay
Jay Bakker lives in Atlanta with his wife, Amanda. They both work for Safehouse Outreach, where Jay is the pastor of Revolution, a ministry to a disillusioned subculture.

Contributor Bio:  Creps, Earl
Earl Creps— a popular speaker and leader— is director of the Doctor of Ministry program and associate professor at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary (AGTS) in Springfield, Missouri. He has been a pastor, ministries consultant, and university professor. Along the way, Creps earned a Ph.D. in communication at Northwestern University and a doctor of ministry degree in leadership at AGTS.

Contributor Bio:  Engel, James F
Engel is founder and president of Development Associates Int Engel is founder and president of Development Associates International and retired distinguished professor in the graduaernational and retired distinguished professor in the graduate programs at Eastern University, where he founded the Centte programs at Eastern University, where he founded the Center for Organizational Excellence. He has ministered around ter for Organizational Excellence. He has ministered around the world as a consultant, trainer and leadership-developmenthe world as a consultant, trainer and leadership-development expert and is well known for his books and writings on worl expert and is well known for his books and writings on world evangelization. d evangelization.

Contributor Bio:  Hendricks, Howard
Howard G. Hendricks is distinguished professor and chairman of the Center for Christian Leadership at Dallas Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books, including Heaven Help the Home and Say It with Love, and has been widely published in periodicals such as Decision, Moody, and Christianity Today. Dr. Hendricks has been listen in Who's Who in American Education and currently serves on the board of numerous ministries, including Walk Thru the Bible Ministries, Promise Keepers, The Navigators, and Multnomah Bible College. He and his wife Jeanne have four children and six granddaughters

Contributor Bio:  Ingram, Chip
Chip Ingram is senior pastor of Venture Christian Church in Los Gatos, California, and the president and teaching pastor of "Living on the Edge, "an international teaching and discipleship ministry. He has been a pastor for more than twenty-five years and served as president of Walk through the Bible. Chip has a unique ability to challenge people to live out their faith. He is the author of numerous books and has four children and six grandchildren with his wife Theresa.

Contributor Bio:  Jones, Tony
Tony Jones (M.Div., Fuller Theological Seminary) is presently working on his Ph.D. in practical theology at Princeton Theological Seminary. Previously he was the minister to youth and young adults at the Colonial Church of Edina in Minnesota for seven years. He has authored four books, Postmodern Youth Ministry, Soul Shaper, Read.Think.Pray.Live., and Pray. Tony lives in Minnesota with his wife, Julie, and their two children.

Contributor Bio:  Oestreicher, Mark
Mark Oestreicher (Marko) is a veteran youth worker and former president of Youth Specialties. The author of dozens of books, including Youth Ministry 3.0 and Middle School Ministry, Marko is a sought after speaker, writer and consultant. Marko leads The Youth Cartel, providing a variety of resources, coaching and consultation to youth workers, churches and ministries. Marko lives in San Diego with his wife Jeannie and two teenage children, Liesl and Max. www.whyismarko.com. SPANISH BIO: Mark Oestreicher con una vasta experiencia ministrando a jovenes, ha sido pastor en diversas iglesias y ha escrito mas de 20 libros para lideres y adolescentes. Hoy lidera Especialidades Juveniles en Estados Unidos y es considerado una autoridad en discipulado juvenil.

Contributor Bio:  Smith, Chuck
Chuck Smith started Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, and has served as its Senior Pastor for twenty-five years. Chuck's sermons are heard internationally through the church Web site at calvarychapel.com/capobeach.

Contributor Bio:  Warren, Rick
Rick Warren is often called 'America's most influential spiritual leader.' He and his wife, Kay, founded Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, which is now one of the largest and best-known churches in the world. He also wrote the #1 all-time bestselling hardcover book, The Purpose Driven Life.

SPANISH BIO: Rick Warren es pastor, estratega global, teologo y filantropo. Los medios le llaman 'El lider espiritual mas influyente de America' y 'El pastor de America'. el y su esposa, Kay, fundaron la Iglesia Saddleback en California, una propiedad de 120 acres con mas de 300 ministerios comunitarios de ayuda a prisioneros, adictos y padres solteros, entre otros. Como estratega global, el Dr. Warren asesora a lideres en sectores publicos, privados y religiosos en temas de pobreza, salud, educacion, la fe en la cultura y desarrollo de liderazgo. Es invitado a dictar conferencias en congresos y agencias estatales como las Naciones Unidas y es catedratico en diferentes universidades. El Dr. Warren es autor de varios libros, incluyendo el exito de ventas Vida con Proposito.

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Pub Date: September 18, 2003
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