Friday, October 17, 2008

Just "head cheese"?


It seems to be the case that most of the talk and writing originating from people in, or associated with, the Flounders' camp is probably nothing more than "head cheese" -- just a lot of chopped up stuff mixed together. See Wikipedia definition.

Ed Stetzer and Timmy Brister are a couple of the Internet sources for a lot of such "head cheese," "souse," or just plain ole "baloney."

Here's an email I received which comments on some of the current "head cheese" propagated by alleged "church planters" who concentrate on theory in their writings and "conferences" in contrast to the actual practice of winning souls and starting churches.

Many terms and phrases are coined by persons in our day to describe what the church is supposed to be by nature, namely, a witnessing body of believers to an unbelieving world. While the phrase "missional" came into prominence about two years ago and has ascendency, I don't understand this "movemental Christianity" that Timmy Brister has used on a few occasions (see here). It seems a strange term to me. Ed Stetzer has also used it.

I have consulted a few dictionaries, including my Shorter English Oxford Dictionary, and there is no such word as "movemental." Why not use commonly recognized phrases or biblical phraseology which is already familiar and has a goodly heritage?

What strange things we create.

With regards,

These types are generally "arm chair," "conference," and "seminar" types who attempt to dazzle people with "vain jangling" rather than having anything substantial to actually show by way of practice. They seem to speak and write to impress one another.

Ernest Reisinger, when he was alive, was always using the words "reform" and its derivatives, but his "model" of reform turned out to be a model for division and decline. See Founders Local Church Reformation.

When the likes of Brister, Stetzer, and the Flounders have anything substantial to demonstrate their "missional" and "movemental Christianity," then perhaps people will get some idea about what type of product is actually produced in accordance with their theoretical "head cheese."


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