Church Basement Roadshow

I just got back from the Church Basement Roadshow in San Jose. If you don’t know what the Church Basement Roadshow is…you should. Go check it out. The above photo alone should make you want to go and see why Doug and Tony are dressed like that. Doug Pagitt, Mark Scandrette and Tony Jones are going on this tour all summer to promote their new books – and it’s definitely worth checking out (besides, where else can you get a NOT-SOLD-IN-STORES “Trucker Frank for President” t-shirt like I did…?).

In addition to simply being a time of book promotions and craziness and zany antics (all of which will keep you laughing), there are moments of beautiful poetry, autobiographical reflections and being challenged theologically. Doug shares about pursuing a Christianity that makes sense with your own lived experience, a Christianity that doesn’t make you check your heart or experience at the door. Tony shares about Christianity’s naive embrace of Platonic philosophy as gospel, and reflects on absolute truth and Jesus as living truth. And Mark shares some powerful stories about the gritty compassion of Jesus and how he’s experienced beauty in unexpected places.

It’s definitely worth checking out – you can see the tour dates here. And you don’t have to take just my word for it – here are other fan reactions to the Rollin’ Gospel Revival.

Church Basement Roadshow

If you’re looking for something to do this summer, I think the Church Basement Roadshow is going to be one of those things you’re going to want to make sure you check out. Presbymergent is helping to put on the one in San Jose during the PC(USA) General Assembly, and that’s the one I’ll be at (more info on that later). Below is the information from their Press Release:

Emergent Church Leaders Tour the Country in an RV with a Rollicking 21st Century Roadshow Revival of that Old Time Religion

Minneapolis, Minnesota, 15 May, 2008 — A biodiesel-fueled RV loaded with three of the most outspoken emergent church leaders and authors will crisscross the country this summer in “The Church Basement Roadshow: A Rollin’ Gospel Revival.” The tour featuring Tony Jones, Doug Pagitt and Mark Scandrette will hit thirty-two cities across the U.S., with a message that combines old time revival flair with a 21st century gospel. They’ll preach, sing and sell healing balm in church basements from San Diego to New York.

Jones, author of The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier; Pagitt, author of A Christianity Worth Believing; and Scandrette, author of Soul Graffiti: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus, are part of the emergent movement, a decade-old phenomenon of pastors, missionaries, artists, theologians, authors and “regular people” who are rethinking church and Christianity for a globalized world. Controversial for their “nothing is too sacred to be questioned” doctrine, Jones, Pagitt, and Scandrette have acquired many fans and critics based on their writings. [Read more…]

Blogging for The Presbyterian Outlook at GA

While I’m having a hell of a time finding a job/call for the next few years, I have at least one job for a week in June. I’ll be attending the Presbyterian Church (USA)’s General Assembly in San Jose. I’ve been hired by The Presbyterian Outlook (which should be launching their new website in the next few months) to be the official blogger at GA. This will be the first GA I’ve ever been to, and so I think it should be interesting, blogging as a recently-graduated seminarian about the ins-and-outs of the PCUSA General Assembly. I’ll have press credentials and the whole deal, so it should be fun. Let me know if you’re going to be at GA and we can try and connect. I’ll be hanging out with presbymergent folks as well. I’ll be arriving Friday, June 20th, and I’ll hopefully get to catch the Chuch Basement Roadshow in San Jose that night with Doug, Tony and Mark. See you at GA ’08.