Wikiklesia: Hyperlinks Subvert Hierarchy

Wikiklesia Cover As I mentioned before, Paul Walker is blogging through the Wikiklesia project (eBook; soon to be in paperback), chapter by chapter. He hit the midpoint yesterday when he interacted with my chapter. I was nervous, but he only said nice things about me. (Oh, and I saw a great cartoon while I was there.)

My friend Bill Kinnon’s chapter was reviewed last week. Paul says that two Wikiklesia authors mentioned The Cluetrain, and I rather strongly suspect Bill of being the other one. I think both of us aspire to be conductors on the Cluetrain. All aboard! Hey, no ticket? Okay, Bub, let me explain how this works…

40 Days of Wikiklesial Purpose

Wikiklesia Book Cover Prolific book-reviewer Paul Walker at Out of the Cocoon is blogging chapter-by-chapter through the recently-released Wikiklesia eBook, Voices of the Virtual World (the print version should be out in a few weeks). 40 authors contributed to the project — see the list below. For the ones whose chapters have been reviewed by Paul already, I’ve added a direct link to his review beside them. As most of the authors are bloggers or maintain some online presence, the project also provides some further exposure to a number of folk who are discussing subjects of resonance online.

Now Published — Get it While it’s Fresh!

Wikiklesia Book Cover The WIkiklesia book project, Voices of the Virtual World: Participative Technology and the Ecclesial Revolution has been released today and is available for download at for $14.95 with all proceeds going to the Not for Sale Campaign. A paperback will be available next month for $19.95. If you can’t afford either, follow the links to request a free download. To get a feel for the project, you can browse the chapter titles and authors, most of which include a bio and an abstract. Contributors include:

  • John la Grou (editor)
  • Len Hjalmarson (editor)
  • Ed Brenegar
  • Kester Brewin
  • Greg Glatz
  • Drew Goodmanson
  • David Hayward
  • Bill Kinnon
  • Brother Maynard (yours truly)
  • Scot McKnight
  • Rick Meigs
  • Andrew Perriman
  • Stephen Shields
  • and many others, over 40 in all.

…in Which I Begin to Describe the Perfect Balance of Structure for the Church

It was the week before last that we were discussing church structure in our very own “smackdown” and we got to talking about the fact that, yes, of course, some structure is a practical necessity. Ryan put it well when he said,

[L]et’s take the analogy further… when you say ‘ossify’, …is this intended to be good our bad? ‘Cause my body happens to enjoy the fact that some parts of me are in fact bone…I’d be a useless blob if this were not the case. It is no ‘cooler’ to be elastic and flexible than it is to be rigid and stiff when it comes to the whole of the body…it is all intended to work together. The new branches on a tree should be thankful that there is indeed hardwood and bark beneath it…it is foolish to look down and mock — ‘why can’t you be more green’.

Random Acts of Linkage #13

I’ve had lots on my plate this week.

  • This includes Missional Conversations (which includes some ruminations I’m still processing following Al Roxburgh’s visit) as well as Wikiklesia & a Stack of Books plus other matters not mentioned. I’ll be regaining my equilibrium over the weekend (I hope!)
  • I’ve had Alan Hirsch’s post, “Distilling the Message” open in my browser for over a week. It begins with the promise of, “It’s time to get back onto the trail of Apostoic Genius” and has 90 comments after Alan’s contribution. It’s still there and I still haven’t read it. One of my problems is that I want to read some of these things slowly, and there’s so many of them.

Random Acts of Linkage #10

Making footprints on the web… these are some of the places I’ve been in the last week or two, in no particular order.

  1. Where The Hell Is Matt? This one is great… a guy who can’t dance, dancing his way around the world, with video evidence on YouTube. And when he gets home from his trip, a very cool chewing-gum company with a very creative website says to him, “Would you like to do it all over again, only we’ll pay for it this time? You know, for publicity? The Internet is a very fun place.
  2. And if that isn’t fun enough, what would you like to say to those godless pagans who don’t get raptured when you depart to the skies? At least now you have a way to say it, via USA Today: Atheist offers to send letters post-Rapture using what he calls The Post-Rapture Post. And if he does really well and gets himself three staff members, maybe they really can be the four postmen of the apocalypse.

Wikiklesia Project

John LaGrou announces the Wikiklesia Project:

Len Hjalmarson and I are launching Wikiklesia: Voices of the Virtual World — a collaborative / ecclesial e-book – virtual, self-organizing, participatory. From purpose to publication in four weeks. A collective and chaordic conversation on how technology is changing the church. Voices will be available as a PDF e-book on Amazon, and will include MP3 audio of each chapter in the author’s own voice. All proceeds from the Wikiklesia Project will be contributed to the Not For Sale campaign.

Here’s the best part. You can write a chapter for the book. We’re inviting 33 & 1/3 writers to share their perspectives and experiences on the intersection of technology and faith – an exploration on how emerging technologies are shaping the church. Send us a short proposal ASAP. We’ll read them all and invite the most visionary and intriguing ideas to be fleshed out for inclusion.

The Dream of the Former

Foreword: This post is offered as a sequel to Bill Kinnon’s The People formerly known as The Congregation, which I believe has genuinely caught the wind of the Spirit, evidenced by all the conversation which it has sparked. This post is my proposal for a “capstone” to the conversation, a way of summarizing and expressing what’s going on in the conversation, and where I believe it is going. My hope is that it will frame the conversation and point to a healthy direction for its continuation. At this moment, I believe I can say that there is talk of a project to gather it up for presentation as a distinct corpus… and I would hope to see it continue in that fashion.