I have been listening to Third Day this week and I think they’re beginning to grow on me. I don’t listen to many Christian artists. I tend to listen to artists on the strength of the music, not the depth of their theology, so only bands capable of secular crossover tend to make my collection. What’s your thoughts on that?
Ian Mobsey will be touring Australia and New Zealand in March this year. Venues include Melbourne, Sydney, Newcatle and the Gold Coast. Click here for the lot.
The details for the Sydney gig are:
SYDNEY MARCH 12th - 14th
12th March - Day Conference Title: (Re)Visioning Mission today, a conversation about Fresh Expressions from the edge and in the mainstream with Pete Pillinger & Ian Mobsby Place: Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford Street. Parking available 24-28 Gordon Street Time: Starting at 10am For more info & booking click here to register on line Click here to see the flyer Books available: Both my books will be available in exchange for a donation to the work of the Moot Community.
Ian Mobsby is one of the founding members of the Moot Community in Central London and an Associate Missioner of the Church of England Archbishop’s Fresh Expressions Team.
I have finally gotten around to downloading some of my Christmas photos off my blackberry. Here's some shots from the Hillsong Christmas Spectacular.
The backstory is that my sister in law, who attends Hillsong, bought my kids a couple of tickets for their version of a Christmas pageant. While we were waiting for the show to start (yes, i say show quite deliberately) we hung out in the grounds where a temporary fairground had been erected. This doesn't show even a fraction of it, the rides and stalls were sprawled out over the entire complex, but hopefully it conveys some of the scale.
Now, as you probably gather I was left with mixed feelings. The event was very professional, very entertaining and no doubt attracted many people who might not otherwise bother with Jesus over Christmas. So I want to give credit where it is due. But it was precisely the entertainment angle that left me somewhat uneasy. Are we trying to create audiences? Not that I'm about to cast the first stone, I know I've aimed to entertain at times myself. But what should we aspire too? Were popular expectations always entertained by Jesus?
Contextualization can be a funny business. I have never been a fan of the King James Bible. I find the King James translation arcane and, to be honest, hardly worthy of the word "translation". You can imagine my surprise then (some time ago now) to learn from some Pagans friends that they actually prefer it. In retrospect I should have guessed. Ken Wilber didn't call Pagans retro-romanticists for nothing. But all the same I was surprised. And it raises so wider issues. What exactly is missional, in a pluralistic society like ours? Is mainstream church "missional", in the right context?