Thinking Out Loud

October 27, 2009

My Blog Has Been Translated Into Another Language

Filed under: blogging — Tags: , , , — paulthinkingoutloud @ 8:43 am

Here’s what I wrote and what they wrote:

SHANE HIPPS TO JOIN MARS HILL

 

The announcement several days ago that Shane Hipps, author of Flickering Pixels (Zondervan) would be leaving Trinity Mennonite Church in Glendale, Arizona to join the teaching staff of Mars Hill Bible  Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan has been greeted with mixed reactions.   In case you don’t know Shane, here’s how his personal website tells it:

Prior to accepting his call as a pastor, Shane was a strategic planner in advertising where he gained experience in understanding media and culture. Much of his time was spent working on the multimillion-dollar communications strategy for Porsche Cars North America.

Several years into his career, he had a “Damascus” experience in which he realized he was spending his life working diligently to perpetuate consumer culture and promote values that ran counter to his most deeply held beliefs. So he left advertising to pursue his long held interest in spirituality and theology.

He went on to earn a Master of Divinity from Fuller Theological Seminary, and in 2004 accepted a call to serve as Lead Pastor at Trinity.

The heresy-hunting website Apprising Ministries wasted no time — and no love — to proclaim that Hipps joining Rob Bell amounted to “peas in a corrupt spiritual pod;”  mixing the metaphor with a picture of sheep jumping off a cliff.   C’mon guys, tell us what you really think.

I mentioned last week my own concerns with Rob Bell’s recent interview with the Boston Globe.   But the sensationalism of Apprising — a ministry birthed by Ken Silva, a SBC (Southern Baptist Convention) pastor in America — somewhat destroys their credibility.

Instead, I decided to head over to Trinity Mennonite’s website and in particular take the time to listen to Shane’s announcement — it’s not his final sermon — to his church in its entirety.   It was, I believe one of the finest sermons I’ve ever heard where a pastor defines his calling to move on.   And while the sermon was somewhat of an administrative necessity, he alluded to several passages of scripture.

“I can’t resign from this community.  My heart is still here.   I love this community.   …But I have to leave.   So I told them they’ll either have to fire me or send me.   It is my humble wish that somewhere down the road you will be able to send me, because I need you; I carry you with me.”

Several times he tells his congregation that he loves them.   Something you don’t often hear pastors say with this level of emotion.    He tells them that he didn’t “create” anything at Trinity, but simply “named” the giftings that were working within the congregation.

I personally doubt if any of the Apprising Ministries people bothered to listen to that sermon.   They don’t know Shane’s heart.   And based on their resource list, they don’t understand the next generation — or ministry to the next generation — whether labeled emergent, emerging, missional or postmodern.

You can hear the sermon by clicking on the sermon audio page, and selecting Sunday, October 4th.     Take the time to listen as you’re working at your computer for the next half hour.

SHANE HIPPS TO JUNCTION MARS HILL

The proclamation several years ago that Shane Hipps, writer of Flittering Pels ( Zondervan ) would be leaving Threesome Mennonite Church in Glendale, AZ to join the instruction staff of Mars Hill Word Chapel Church in K Rapids, MI holds been recognized with miscellaneous reactions. Just in case you make n’t cognise Shane, here Holds how his personal website states it:

Prior to accepting his call as a curate, Shane was a strategical deviser in advertisement where he derived experience in understanding media and civilisation. Much of his clip was passed working on the multimillion-dollar communications scheme for Porsche Cars North US.

Several eld into his calling, he holded a “ Damascus ” experience in which he realise he was passing his life working diligently to perpetuate consumer civilization and encourage values that ran counter to his most deeply maintained beliefs. So he left advertizement to prosecute his long held involvement in spiritualty and divinity.

He attended to realise a Mdiv from Fuller Theological Seminary, and in 2004 accepted a call to function as Lead Curate at Tercet.

The heresy-hunting site Apprising Ministries squandered no clip and no love to proclaim that Hipps joining Rob Bell amounted to “ peas in a corrupt religious seedcase; ” merging the metaphor with a ikon of sheep leaping forth a drop-off. C’mon cats, say us what you really believe.

I cited last hebdomad my ain concerns with Rob Bell ‘s recent interview with the Boston Earth. But the sensationalism of Apprising a ministry birthed by Cognizance Sylva, a SBC ( Southern Baptist Convention ) parson in America slightly destruct their credibleness.

Alternatively, I determined to head over to Trinity Mennonite’s website and particularly yield the clip to listen to Shane ‘s annunciation it Holds not his last discourse to his church in its entireness. It was, I believe one of the finest discourses I ‘ve ever heard where a parson delimitates his vocation to go on. And while the discourse was slightly of an administrative necessity, he alluded to several transitions of Word.

“ I ca n’t renounce from this community. My bosom is still here. I love this community. … But I should leave. So I sayed them they ‘ll either need to fire me or direct ME It is my lowly wishing that someplace down the route you will be able to direct me, because I involve you; I transport you with me. ”

Several times he states his fold that he loves them. Something you make n’t oftentimes hear rectors state with this grade of emotion. He says them that he maked n’t “ make ” anything at Three, but only “ called ” the giftings that were working within the faithful.

I personally doubt if any of the Apprising Ministries people troubled to listen to it discourse. They make n’t cognize Shane ‘s bosom. And based on their resource listing, they make n’t understand the following contemporaries or ministry to the following contemporaries whether labeled emergent, emerging, missionary or postmodernist.

You can hear the preaching by snapping on the sermon audio page , and taking Sun, Oct Fourth. Take the clip to listen as you ‘re work on your computer for the following half hr.

But the question is, “Who are they?”   The person in question blogs on Windows Live, which means I can’t even leave a comment.   He (or she) ripped off the entire article including the pictures, the links and even the formatting.    I can’t decide if this is funny or pathetic.  Or someone’s high school homework exercise.    A mention would be nice.

If you have Hotmail or Windows Live, and want to suggest that credit where credit is due would be appropriate, you can link to it here.

Or maybe someone can just tell me what language it is I’ve been translated into…

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3 Comments »

  1. I tried to help. I left a note on Windows Live that their blog post was plagarism and linked back to this post.

    Andrew

    Comment by Andrew Rogers — October 27, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

    • Now I know why some bloggers claim copyright on every single post. Maybe I should be flattered! Anyway, thanks for letting him/her know that we know!!

      Comment by paulthinkingoutloud — October 27, 2009 @ 4:30 pm

  2. I know that this goes on widely as a blog I used to comment on was caught out twice before closing down. You would be flattered if you had been linked to…but to be stolen from is another matter. I will go there and try to add my voice.

    Comment by Cynthia — October 27, 2009 @ 11:58 pm


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