From Emerging to Redux

The observant reader will have noticed that this post is going up at a new domain. If you didn’t, don’t feel bad – I attempted to make the migration as smooth as possible. It even has the same theme. It’s basically just a new name and a new About page.

Some will ask, I’m sure, why the new name. For a while now, I’ve considered dropping the “emerging” from the site name. If somebody asks me whether I am an “emerging Christian”, I would probably say yes. That said, the label isn’t nearly as meaningful as it was a few years ago when I started this blog. Some just think it means “liberal” or “mainliner pretending to be evangelical” (yes, I have heard that one). Others have never really encountered the label at all or have but give confused looks in response to it. It isn’t for nearly as many that it means what it used to mean for those who identified with it: the postmodern conversation between Christians of all types.

It took me a while, and ultimately asking for ideas from the MennoNerds community, before landing on Anabaptist Redux. I Googled the use of the term since I hadn’t really run into it all that often, although I appreciated the nerdiness of it. According to Wikipedia, it means “brought back, restored” but what caught me even more was this line:

The term has been adopted by filmmakers to denote a new interpretation of an existing work.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redux_(literary_term)

To me, that explains well what I’m trying to do here. I wanted to keep Anabaptist in the domain and title because that is still my primary identifier. I also wanted something to replace what “emerging” was giving me as a modifier of Anabaptist. Yes, I am an Anabaptist, but I am also an Anabaptist 500 years after the first to carry that label. I’m definitely using it to mean their core themes but also some things applying very differently for my very different context.

Redux works for that idea. This blog is my attempt at offering a new interpretation for what it means to be an Anabaptist, restoring those themes for a new context. I’m not being that original, I will freely admit. I’m obviously most heavily inspired by Jesus, but by the Anabaptist approach to Jesus in particular. I’m an Anabaptist… Redux.

Ryan Robinson

It is easiest to identify Ryan as both theologian and tech guy. By day, Ryan is a Technical Consultant work with PeaceWorks Technology Solutions. There, he works on websites, CRMs, and SharePoint implementations. Along with blogging here, Ryan is a founding member of the MennoNerds blogging network and a contributor to the book A Living Alternative.