The Prayer Breakfast Group will begin reading The Great Emergence by Phyllis Tickle next week. The group is led by Pr. Peter and Intern Pastor Mary.
Every five hundred years, the Church cleans out its attic and has a giant rummage sale. Well, not exactly. But according to internationally renowned religion expert Phyllis Tickle, this is an accurate summary of the Church's massive transitions over time. According to the pattern, we are living in such a time of change right now. Tickle calls it "the Great Emergence"—a time of dizzying upheaval and hopeful promise during which various sectors of today's church swirl into a great confluence at the center.
If you long to make sense of the place in our world that the church has today—and will have in the years to come—The Great Emergence is your history lesson, your sociology experiment, and your field guide to the future. The reading and discussion guide will help you understand, internalize, and live out this extraordinary book, allowing you to bring meaningful practices into our postmodern world.
Intern Mary says that Tickle is such an excellent writer that the text is actually a page turner. Books are available at amazon.com or through Pr. Peter for $4.50.
The readings for each Tuesday are posted on the daily calendar maintained on this site.
Everyone is welcome to participate ... and first-time guests get their breakfast paid by Pr. Peter! Questions? Want to know more? Contact Pr. Peter.
Messiah's Tuesday morning small group meets at 6:00am at Panera Bread on Highway 99 in Hazel Dell. Facilitated by Pr. Peter, each session begins with prayer and ends when the first participant has to leave for work, usually around 7:05 to 7:10am.
The group meets throughout the year and regularly alternates between reading a book of the Bible over several weeks and reading interesting contemporary works by Christian authors. Previous guided readings have included Names for the Messiah by Walter Brueggemann (© 2016), The Phoenix Affirmations by Eric Elnes, The Jesus I Never Knew (© 1994) by Philip Yancey, Pastrix (© 2013) by Nadia Bolz-Weber, Searching for Sunday (© 2015) by Rachel Held Evans, Awaiting the Already by Magrey R. deVega, A World Awaits, selected readings by C.S. Lewis, An Unhurried Life: Following Jesus' Rhythms of Work and Rest (© 2013) by Alan Fadling, God is in the Manger (© 2010) collected letters and writings by Dietrich Bonheoffer, Sabbath as Resistance (© 2014) by Walter Brueggemann, Jesus, The Final Days (© 2009) by Craig Evans and N.T. Wright, The Prodigal God (© 2011) by Tim Keller, and Take this Bread (© 2008) by Sara Miles.