Doug Pagitt rolled through Indianapolis on Monday night as part of A Christianity Worth Believing (paperback) book “infomercial” (his words)/Live Occurrence tour. It was his third visit in the last three years to Lockerbie Central United Methodist and the Earth House Collective.
Last summer, Doug, Tony Jones, and Mark Scandrette stopped by with The Church Basement Roadshow. It should be noted that Doug’s book Church Re-Imagined was an inspiration for Lockerbie Central UMC as we took on the challenge of resurrecting our church.
This was a long show on a Monday night. The room was packed, the show lasted two hours and nobody left early. Here is a picture from my iphone:
There’s much that can be written about the night, but check out Maurice Broaddus‘ take on the night.
Here are a few of my thoughts:
- I Didn’t realize that Desperate Housewives had better theology than most churches. Doug showed this clip from the TV show.
- Doug used this quote a few times from Mark Twain: “What gets us into trouble is not what we don’t know. It’s what we know for sure that just aint so.” Yep, pretty much sums up our problems.
- The emergent church isn’t dead, thank you very much. It is very much alive and thriving. It might be our best last hope. A bunch of critics have tried to bury the emergent church recently. Like this one last year. Or, more recently, this one. The old ways of doing church don’t work and people are hungry for a community that is based on conversation, justice, mercy, and friendship.
- The conversation that happened on Monday night can’t stop there. Let’s keep getting people together and make our presence felt here in Indianapolis.