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Cool Friends Interview :: Charlie Wear. Publisher of Next-Wave

Today we interogate Charlie Wear. Charlie is the publisher of Next-Wave and through it has encouraged many of us to start writing for a larger audience and engage in a global conversation about the gospel and culture. In addition to publishing Next-Wave, Charlie also blogs at http://charliewear.next-wave.org and over at TheOoze Blog as well. Despite the fact I owe Charlie about a dozen articles, he was kind enough to respond to my interview questions.

Age and occupation. How long have you lived here, where did you come from, and where do you live now?

I’m a 54 yr. old attorney living in Southern California. I’m a native born Californian and have never lived more than about 100 miles from my birthplace.

The impact of Next Wave goes around the world. Why do you think it has made such as impact?

There are probably a lot of reasons for Next-Wave‘s impact. First, Rogier Bos, the founding editor set the course of trying to discover how to minister in the postmodern context. I hadn’t even heard of postmodernism.
Second, Next-Wave was in at the beginning of the use of the internet to discuss these issues. The Ooze and Next-Wave started around the same time.
Third, worshipmusic.com was a great sponsor that introduced Next-Wave to a lot of readers by linking on their site. But primarily, I think it’s because Next-Wave is something God wanted done so he could use it to encourage the church.

It’s Wednesday night at 8:00 p.m., where can we find you and what are you doing?

Most likely I’ll be helping my wife get my son (17 mo.) and grandson (15 mo.) to bed while American Idol is being recorded on the DVR.

Who do you think has the best hair in the postmodern/emerging church movement?

If it’s gray hair you’re interested in, probably Len Sweet. If it’s cool hair, maybe Jason Evans or Kevin Rains. If it’s cool facial hair, the list is endless.

What’s the best book you have read in the last year? What made it worthwhile?

I really enjoyed Spencer Burke‘s book, Making Sense of Church because it seemed to capture some of the authentic struggles of Christians today.

20 years from now when we look at the birth of the emerging church, what do you think we will look at and say we got right? What did we get wrong?

From the vantage point of 20 years we will probably say that we overemphasized the deconstruction of the existing church and didn’t focus enough on telling non-Christians the story of Jesus.

What’s the best part about living in Southern California?

Great weather and easy access to mountains, desert and ocean.

What’s your favorite Next-Wave article of all time?

Anything by David Hopkins and Rogier Bos, but some of the stuff in the last year has been excellent.

Deconstructionism is one of the words that provokes a strong reaction from both sides. Have we deconstructed enough? or is time for us to stop and start reconstructing?

Yes and yes.

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