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Thanks for your insights Andrew. Maybe I'm just getting impatient. You said that you believe change will be a  “grassroots phenomenon, driven by the incoherent implicit discourse, by a rumbling groundswell of opinion among a much broader swathe of thoughtful, passionate believers.”

“Driven by the incoherent implicit discourse...” I know you don't mean that we forsake logic and that theology was never meant to be entirely discernable and provide solid direction for the gathered life of the people of God and his mission...I've read too much of your stuff to believe that. But, if it is simply a “grassroots phenomenon”, and not not attached to any ecclesiological practice (or aspire to work out any of these issues in genuine community), then is it not (at least in part) simply a nuisance provocateur to already existing churches who learn to ignore this important, even groundbreaking discourse? 

I do believe, as you said, what freelance theologians can do is facilitate the interaction and slowly help to articulate a much more unified, grounded, visionary sense of what it means now to be the people of God. But I'm committed to the church’s work in actual contexts amid fairly sizable cultural shifts and want to see this incredible theological transition bring change in form and shape in relation to place. And I want the “disputable matters” triggered by the new theological perspectives resolved on the ground, brought in from the blogosphere into community, as well. Thanks again Andrew.

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