We gathered in the sanctuary of one of the oldest African American churches in the United States to talk theology. We dug into the doctrine of the Holy Spirit, humanity, Gospel, discipleship, mission, and more. We talked about theology. Why? Because we believed that we needed a theological alternative to both the neo-reformed and emerging church perspectives.
Missio Alliance worked hard to bring in diverse theological perspectives. While Scot McKnight and David Fitch provided solid presentations, lesser known practioners and thinkers like Cherith Fee Nordling, Howard-John Wesley, Jo Saxton, Amos Young, Todd Hunter, Mary Kate Morse, and Bruxy Cavey multiplied the perspectives.
My conference highlight was hearing from Missio's women. Mary Kate Morse's leadership in publically praying the Scriptures, along with Cherith Fee Nordling's passionate plea for her listeners to hear the invitation of Jesus to participate in God's mission were powerful. Jo Saxton's stories of the interruptions of the Holy Spirit in the life of her community captured us.
The content—in and out of the main sessions—was great. Even though I missed many of the breakout sessions because of conversations with colleagues, I wanted to be in three workshops at once. I was thankful to be able to by recorded presentations for those I'd missed.
It turns out there is a lot to say about "missional-anabaptist-evangelical" theology. While I wouldn't own all of those labels myself, I found myself saying a lot as well. In fact, I think I became that annoying guy in your workshop that barely waits for you to finish what you are saying before launching into my own thoughts on the topic (apologies to Tim Keel on that one). I felt the importance of the topics being discussed ...