1Solicitation of Introduction
- May 16, 2001Hi everyone!
Thanks for your interest in faithmaps. I created this site and this
discussion group as a resource for pastors and Christian leaders to
discuss theology, leadership, discipleship and church life in what's
being called postmodernity.
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Many of you know me, but I haven't met all of you. Until very
recently I was a bi-vocational pastor serving Cedar Ridge Community
Church in Spencerville, MD and working with Brian McLaren. I
currently work for USA TODAY as a Technical Manager. I've been with
USA TODAY since 1988.
I have special interests in Christian leadership, discipleship,
spiritual friendship, and the way postmodern insights can correct a
modernized evangelicalism. At the same time I'm very concerned many
are too enamoured of the postmodern turn and are wedding Christian
thought and praxis to the lastest philosophical fashion. I've given
a more fuller expression to this in my Delights and Dangers articles
on the faithmaps site (linked to the Next Wave zine) and I've been
adding articles on postmodernity to faithmaps that represent
I've been following Christ for 22 years, hold an M. Div from Grace
Theological Seminary, have been married to Bethany Jones Shields for
almost 10 years and have three girls: Michaela (5), Skye (3), and
Alia (1). My undergraduate degree is in Classical and Koine Greek
At some point, I would be very interested in exploring with you the
idea of an "irreducable complexity" or - to use Pauline language -
the "good deposit" which is "the pattern of sound teaching" (2 Tim.
1:13,14). Some today are calling for evangelical boundaries; others
are saying efforts spent toward considering such boundaries are
I'm also interested in discussing how we pursue making disciples of
Jesus Christ and nurturing spiritual friendships.
So please take a moment to introduce yourself and let us know what
you'd like to talk about!
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