Is Jacob’s Well very, very new? Or very, very old?
A common theme in Claiborne’s book is the echoes of the past that he feels in what he is doing. He compares his ‘reformation’ (my word, not his) to that of St Francis of Assisi (p.65) and others – even Jesus! I don’t think he is wrong. But what he is doing is so future too. He is very ‘disestablishment’ and trying to make the church speak to a new generation rather than the past.
I ask the same question about Jacob’s Well. Yeah, we are very modern. We use current music, video, a lot of high tech stuff (we had our trailer “stolen” once so we had to put a service on without all our ‘toys’ and we found it went just fine. Although I think we all agree the toys add a lot.) But I also feel like we are really, really old. No, we aren’t part of the emergent church movement doing the ‘ancient future’ thing (google it if you don’t know what ancient future is), but we are doing the original thing. We are taking our passion for what God is up to, and connecting it to our lives using the language and stuff of our age.
Isn’t that what the 1st century church did? This is really old stuff.