Posted by: Yvonne | January 20, 2009

Allelon

radar-screenSomething new has popped up on the discernment radar screen.  It is called Allelon. 

Having never heard this term before, I became interested when I found an article with the title, ‘Allelon’ on the Christian Research Service website written by Sandy Simpson of Apologetics Coordination Team

From the Allelon website,

About Allelon

Cultivating the Formation of Missional Church

Allelon is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization located in Eagle Idaho. We are a multi-generational network of missional church leaders, schools and parachurch organizations which envisions, inspires, engages, resources, trains and educates leaders for the church and its mission in our culture. Said simply, together we are a movement of missional leaders.

Ok.  So what’s ‘missional’ mean?  It sounds like missionary, but is it?

From Simpson’s article,

The word missional has become a catch phrase. An awful lot of energy, on the one hand, but high ambiguity and confusion, oftentimes, on the other hand. (http://www.allelon.org/history.cfm)

And what in the world is ‘allelon’?

The word “allelon” is used in the Bible, in every case except one, with regards to the unity and love within the body of Christ, not regarding unity with or love for the world. (http://net.bible.org/search.php?search=greek_strict_index:240)  Examples:

                2 Cor. 13:12  Greet one another (allelon) with a holy kiss.

1 Thes. 4:18  Therefore encourage each other (allelon) with these words.

Acts 4:15 But when they had ordered them to go outside the council, they began to confer with one another (allelon),

Rom. 12:10 Be devoted to one another (allelon) with mutual love, showing eagerness in honoring one another (allelon).

 

The only exception is Matt. 24:10 where Jesus talks about the apostasy and how people will betray one another.

                 Matt. 24:20 Then many will be led into sin, and they will betray one another (allelon) and hate one another (allelon)

 

Questions addressed in this article include: 

What is the history and mission of Allelon?
What is the mission in the Mission in Western Culture Project?
Who is Alan Roxburgh and what is his connection to Allelon and the Mission in Western Culture Project?
What is the Nazarene connection to all this?
How is Leonard Sweet teaching that Emerging churches need to address Postmodernism?
Is Brian McLaren using the Hegelian Dialectic and praxis (diaprax) to get people to agree to Emerging Church “theology”?
Why are the beliefs of postmoderns not really new?  Who was the first Postmodernist?
Can you summarize the teachings of Allelon and Alan Roxburgh?

AND MORE…

This article is quite thorough, so you might want to grab a cup of coffee or tea, your Bible and plan to take some time with this one.

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