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Lack of Content, the Unleashing of IV West Bank, and the Promise of Things to Come

Written by Mark Van Steenwyk : May 16, 2007

Haven’t posted much real content in the past week or so.  Sorry about that.  I’ve been a bit distracted with other things, and haven’t been able to focus my cosmic energies into substantial ideas. ;)

One of those “distractions” is my work with InterVarsity.  I need to raise about 2k/month by the end of the summer.  I recently designed a new brochure, and today I created a website to go along with it…hopefully this will all help folks know a bit about what my plans are with InterVarsity and how they’ll take shape.  If you’re interested check it out: ivwestbank.com. It needs a bit more work, but its basically done.

 Stay tuned…I hope to post more about the “Subversive Spirit” this week, and I also want to begin my review of Mark Scandrette’s “Soul Graffiti.”

Just to give you a teaser, here’s the mini-review I gave on Amazon.com:

If one were to take the mind of Dallas Willard, the tongue of a beat poet, and the heart of a Franciscan brother, put them in a blender, and pour them into a book, you might end up with Soul Graffiti. Soul Graffiti is a poetic, prophetic, call to follow the radical Way of Jesus. Mark Scandrette rips off the scab of encrusted, safe, sentimental American Christianity and invites the reader into the provocative, fresh, improvisational riff of discipleship with Christ. The book is a call to imagine the Way of Christ for the Post-Christian West.

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5 Responses to “Lack of Content, the Unleashing of IV West Bank, and the Promise of Things to Come”

  1. Greg Laughery on May 17th, 2007 1:20 am

    Mark,
    Looking forward to what you have to say about Soul Graffiti. I recently posted on Mark’s chapter in, An Emergent Manifesto of Hope, which, I think, is one of the highlights of the book.
    Greg

  2. Jonas Lundström on May 17th, 2007 5:32 am

    I don´t know you irl, so who am I to tell you what to do? Still, I think you should, theologically, look over the salary-issue. I think it might be a better way for messianic people to make our income out of ordinary jobs and/or combined with a trust that God will provide for us through spontaneous giving, not trusting in employments or regularly salaries. Shouldn´t we give freely as we have received freely? I don´t want to sound judgemental or to critical, but wouldn´t it be a nice goal to get independent of the christians organisations and their economy?

  3. markvans on May 17th, 2007 10:36 am

    I totally hear where you’re coming from…but I disagree. And not just because I benefit from disagreeing with you.

    A while back, I had to decide to take a “regular” job or to take a job with InterVarsity, even though it meant that I would have to fund-raise. Why did I choose InterVarsity? Because sometimes you need to work within existing ecclesial structures. And because we have clear examples in the Bible of personal fundraising. After all, almost every letter from Paul includes an appeal for resources–either for the church in Jerusalem or for his own needs. Sometimes he would tent make, other times he would get resources from others. It isn’t an either/or.

    For me, working with InterVarsity is about laying aside my pride and cynicism to work with an existing Christian organization that is imperfect, but still worthy of respect.

    I’m not sure how asking people to give money to me monthly means that I can’t freely give and freely receive.

  4. Jonas Lundström on May 18th, 2007 12:56 am

    I don´t question your fund-raising. I tend to agree with you on this one. Sometimes, of course, radical christians has avoided even this (for example George Müller), but I cannot see that it always has to be the best way.

    As to working within existing ecclesial structures, I respect your point of view and I believe you have good motives for this. As a New Monastic, I suspect that you have a theologically motivated reason to submit to the structures of the established church, but this is one of the points on which I disagree with New Monasticism. I tend to be more separatist, but who knows, I might end up in a more ecumenical stance. Anyway, I understand your point of view, thanx for explaining…

  5. dlw on May 18th, 2007 1:04 pm

    Yeah, we’re praying that Jonas be freed from his “demons” of separatism as the “real” Church of Sweden needs someone like him to be willing to work within existing systems and across existing boundaries…

    dlw

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