Sunday, September 10, 2006

a sunday special

The Post profiles Brian McLaren, former pastor of Cedar Ridge, the Church-and-Local-Hangout-in-a-Barn on Route 198 in Spencerville. I never knew it was on the vanguard of a new movement in Christian ministry, but it's just another boost for what is already the hometown of the Seventh-Day Adventists (see picture).

Primary elections are in two days! Time to go looking for endorsement ballots, but in the meantime, check out what the older set has to say about the County Executive elections. Surprisingly, there isn't a lot of consensus on Silverman or Leggett - but, then again, a lot of County residents are increasingly convinced that this election is simply a choice between the lesser of two evils.


Robin Ficker said...

The Washington has written about twenty articles about these guys, who for the past year have wanted to debate only each other. The Post has tried to draw distinctions where there are no significant differences by using a microscope, to no avail. The next five county budgets in the budget plan assume the busting of the charter property tax revenue limit. Next year's budget plan assumes an l8% increase in property tax revenues. What do you want tax increases which make housing even more expensive or tax relief? You will have that choice in November.

Anonymous said...

Well, as the Post article says, many refer to emerging as a "conversation." A movement? Yeah, I think so, albeit a very loose one, but some emerging types get nervous about anything sounding more organized than a conversation.

Brian McLaren is the best known of the public figures in the emerging whatever-it-is, probably because he's a great writer and has written several books in the conversation.

Cedar Ridge was probably early in the movement, but it wouldn't label itself as vanguard. There are a number of "emerging" churches which are more "out there" than Cedar Ridge, and some of them don't even consider Cedar Ridge to be emerging.

BTW, Spencerville isn't rightly considered the hometown of the SDA movement (that would be Silver Spring), although there is a Spencerville SDA Church.

Dan Reed said...

I know that. But I'm also considering Spencerville to be a part of East County, so I think it's simply a matter of semantics.