Am I Emerging/Emergent if I’m …?

I laughed and laughed the first time I saw this You Might Be Emerging If… Apparently Brian McLaren has strong opinions on this. Hamo from Oz did his version here You TOO might be emergent… which inspired me to join the fun 🙂 I will take great liberty to rephrase whatever I want – as a form of self-examination.

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Might I Be Emerging/Emergent if…

I am a Thirty something Chinese Malaysian (Ok I’m not too sure about how Chinese I am .. but that’s another story). Can never get that mustache grown in time (dont’ even talk about a goatee!) Defintely no sign of body piercing and tatoos.

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from

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a short while lingering in (I’m cheating here … I spend 5 wonderful Childhood years here)

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I use a Compaq Presario X1000 (Note: I don’t own it, the church loans it to me)

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Without me giving last names (in some cases first names), I still know who these people are:

Yoon
Lesslie
Hwa
Ng
Brian
Siti
Wong
Sherman
Jason
Herman
Alwyn
Scot
Mahatma
Boon
Hsi
Tony
David
D.T.
Tan
Abdullah

I like to drink

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and reading or discussing one or more of the following:

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and of course …

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with a liberal (at times conservative) dose of

Lor … Lah … Ah? … Aiyo! … What…. Changgih! … Wahlau …

I’m listening to:

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on my (ok I confess I do have an IPOD but most of the time I use the notebook to listen)

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I use these words in a positive way:

Contextual, Christ, Creed, Post-colonial, Conversation, Asian, Resonate, Authentic, Missional, Catalyst, Center, Journey, Partners, Local, Global, Lutheran, Jesus, Quest, Random, Blog, Emergent, Emerging, Learning, Culture, Social Concern/Justice, Open, Scripture, Heritage, Theology, “Jamban”

I use these words in a negative way:

Legalism, Arrogance, Heresy-hunting, Judgmental, Trends, Hype, Busyness, Imperialistic, Insensitive, Rationalistic, Technique, Formulas, Religious, “Sui”

I have

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on the windscreen and

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stuck on my rear view mirror

on my (which in reality belongs to my wife!)

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-or- (my son would have prefered)

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I have to look at these pics twice because it might be me:

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(actually once will do!)

Our worship service looks like

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-or-

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-or-

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-or-

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-or-

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This is my leg:

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I see this on a website and know exactly what to do:

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I do quite a sense of humor,I’m not REALLY that tad irritated with this post.

* This “list” is neither exhaustive nor exclusive. No single one of these traits indicates that I might be part of the EC, but at some point, a cummulative weight will let me know if I am Emerging or Emergent.*

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On a more serious note, it took me quite a while to do this post. Dan Kimball is insightful here after walking us through Origins of the terms “Emerging” and “Emergent” church :

“What all this word origin discussion means in the light of world problems, people suffering, wars etc. is so incredibly insignificant and even silly…”

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