Thursday, February 3, 2011

When Christians Attack

Every now and then, a really important ideas comes about and provides us with a brand new way of looking at things. In the last year I have been exposed to one such idea. In January 2010, my wife and I started attending the Greater Boston Vineyard church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Since then, we’ve become involved in helping plant another Vineyard church on the south shore of Boston. But my point here is that through the Greater Boston Vineyard, we were introduced to Pastor Dave Schmelzer. Appreciating his take on things as expressed through his sermons, my wife and I opted to pick up a little book he wrote by the title, Not the Religious Type: Confessions of a Turncoat Atheist (Illinois: Saltriver, 2008), in order to learn a little more about where he’s coming from. Both through his preaching, and through the chapter in his book titled, “How M. Scott Peck Saved My Life,” I was exposed to what may be referred to as “Stage 4 Theology.” And this idea has rather intriguing and far reaching affects, I suspect. So, I would like to take a moment to explore this a little more here as it related to the stated objective of CeaseFireStrategies to encourage positive Christian interaction with media and culture. Please note that all page references are to the above mentioned book by Schmelzer.