Yes, I have a new Blog!

As some of you have noticed from the link in my previous post, I do have a new website up and running. Actually, I’ve had the domain since late 2006 and it’s actually been online for a while with some old content copied from my current blog.

I recently rebuilt the site’s database to fix a few bugs and now it’s fully up and running. So check it out at www.cruciformity.com:

Cruciformity ✙ Shaped by the Cross of Christ

This website hosts the confessions of a Post-Emerging Reformissional evangelical, Alex S. Leung. The articles published here strive to deconstruct the Emerging Church Movement/conversation in a manner that is shaped by the Cross of Christ.

Can anybody actually be “post-emerging” and a Reformed AND missional evangelical at the same time? Time will tell if I can live up to this moniker I’ve given myself!

I hope to keep all substantial articles on Emerging Church / postmodernism issues at Cruciformity, while posting an excerpt and link to it from here. (I’ve moved some of my previously written Emerging Church articles to Cruciformity already) I will be posting at Cruciformity very, very frequently — as in, once a week, or two, or once a month… depending on the Holy Spirit’s leading and how much time I have. My motivation for the site right now is from a Systematic Theology paper I am writing on the postmodern dissatisfaction with penal substitutionary atonement. (I might share that with you later this summer)

Hopefully, this will free up six steps to be more personal, allowing me to just vent more unreservedly about everything else here at six steps 😉

Enjoy:-)

Genuine Conversations

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.

Romans 12:9-11

May I be frank with you? I want us to have genuine conversations.

SBTS  Plaque in front of Norton HallThere are some blogs on the Internet that do not have a comment section, and if they do, some do not make comments public. For example, see Southern Seminary president Albert Mohler‘s blog, or the Desiring God blog where John Piper blogs.

I am no world-class theologian, and likely will not be regardless of how disciplined I am in reading widely. However, in the true spirit of the blogsphere where the comment section drives blog discussions, my blog is open for comments (and rebuke, correction, training in righteousness).

Before you do, however, make sure you have read up on why I blog and the disclaimer in place for commenting.
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Mormonism going Mainstream?

The question for this week at “On Faith,” the joint project of The Washington Post and Newsweek magazine, is this: After 175 years of existence, is Mormonism entering the mainstream of American religious life or are people still suspicious of it?

Southern Seminary president, Dr. Albert Mohler responds:

Mormonism holds that God is an exalted man, with a physical body. Christianity teaches that God is Spirit. Mormonism denies the historic Christian understandings of the Trinity, the person and work of Christ, and the doctrine of salvation. Christianity promises salvation through Christ’s atonement and the sinner’s justification by faith. Mormonism promises deification. Christianity calls for personal faith in Jesus Christ. Mormonism calls for obedience to its own teachings as the path to exaltation. Mormonism replaces belief in the sole authority of the Bible with other writings, including the Book of Mormon. This list is only a brief summary of the vast chasm that separates Christianity from Mormonism. Put simply, Mormonism is not just another form of Christianity. It is a rejection of historic Christianity.

That is a theological summary, but there is a sociological dimension as well. From that perspective, Mormonism can certainly claim to have achieved a comfort level in contemporary American culture — especially in what might be called “Middle America.” Most Americans would feel quite comfortable with Mormon neighbors. The Mormon effort to identify with American culture has been stunningly successful, and the movement’s idealization and inculcation of family values has won it the admiration of millions of Americans — including many evangelical Christians. The convergence of Mormon and evangelical Christian concerns on a host of cultural, moral, and political issues is no accident. The preservation and conservation of the family is a prime concern of both groups.

That’s one short and sweet refresher on what Mormonism is 🙂 It’s definitely not a new kind of Christianity…

Continue reading Mohler’s article here.

Humbled by a Mention

Gabe, Perry, Cat, AlexDear friend and fellow Jaffray member, Catherine Ngai, has published a blog post on “inspire, dream, love” on her Facedown blog.

For some reason, she has a brief mention about me in the 3rd group of people in her post.

I am humbled by the mere mention — thanks Catherine! I only wish we could all encourage each other more often and make it a regular habit to build up the body of Christ.

9 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. 10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor. 11 Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord. 12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. 13 Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.

Romans 12:9-13, ESV