The late Phyllis Tickle had her finger on the pulse of the emerging church like no one else. So if you’re interested in why the emergence of a new kind of church is both inevitable and necessary, and the vital role of the Holy Spirit in this, then tune in.

And stay tuned after the closing credits if you’d like to know why Phyllis loved cows and hated horses!

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The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why

Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters

The Age of the Spirit: How the Ghost of an Ancient Controversy Is Shaping the Church


“For some reason, every 500 years Christianized culture goes through a huge upheaval. History is descriptive. We much never take what I’m about to say as prescriptive – it doesn’t mean it’s going to always happen. But it does mean that up until now, every 500 years we’ve gone through a great ‘whoopee,’ or we have a bishop on this side of the pond who calls it a ‘rummage sale.’ It doesn’t matter what you call it. But the whole of society goes ‘whoop’ and tosses everything into the air. We’re in the 21st century and this is what’s being called ‘the Great Emergence.’”

“Every time we’ve gone through one of these things, whatever held hegemony – whatever held pride of place religiously-speaking, Christianly-speaking – does not cease to be. It just has to drop back and reconfigure. Roman Catholicism didn’t end 500 years ago. Clearly it’s bigger now than it ever was. Orthodoxy didn’t end 1000 years ago. Monastic Christianity didn’t end 1500 years ago. It never ceases, it always grows, but it does have to reconfigure. And it’s the reconfiguration that’s painful.”


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