about me

Kevin Bussey (aka k-dawg)
Lead Pastor
Charlotte, NC, USA

Samford University: B.S. Public Administration, 1985
University of Alabama at Birmingham: M.A. Education, 1988

Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary: MDivBL, 1995

Married to:
Cassandra (6-25-88)


quote of the week

"Pastor I don't like your plans" Bisagno, "what are your plans." man, "I don't have any." Bisagno, "I like my plans better than yours." .

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building 429: rise

chris tomlin: live from austin music hall

various: music inspired by the chronicles of narnia

fusebox: once again

passion: How Great Is Our God

storyside:b : everything and more

delirious?: the mission bell

hillsong united: look to you


Wednesday, February 22, 2006

Tradition vs. New: Either-or Or Both and?

I love tradition! I was raised in a town that was boasts of tradition. Tuscaloosa, AL is the home of the University of Alabama and the Crimson Tide Football Program. The Tide has 12 National Championships and lots of tradition. They aren't the only school that does. Michigan, Notre Dame and Penn State are just a few others that have tradition. Look at their uniforms. They have kept traditions and are still winning today. But what each of these programs has done to stay successful is to keep traditions but move forward. Notre Dame hired Charlie Weiss fromt the New England Patriots. They now have an 21st Century offense. Some were saying that Joe Paterno at Penn State had lost it, but he went after the modern athlete and they had a 10 win season last year. What is it that makes them successful? Tradition or keeping up to date? It isn't either or -- It is both and! When a prospective athlete visits Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, they will see the 12 National Championships and statues of Bear Bryant. They are impressive. But the modern athlete wants to know what is for them today. Tradition is important, but so is staying current. That is the debate in many churches today. What do we do? Do we throw out tradition for "being hip?" I say no! We need both! Tradition is good as long as it is not considered the Gospel! Tradition helps us know where we have been. But just as important as tradition is- is being relevant. Relevancy says tradition keeps me grounded but how can I use it to connect with our socieity today. I saw this article that I thought was insightful. Click here. "Contemporary" churches are going retro and traditional churches are becoming relevant! I think that is cool! It isn't either or--it is both and! **Update: I forgot to mention the Oklahoma Sooners in my list of football teams that have tradition and are relevant. (sorry Paul :) )

posted by Kevin Bussey at 2/22/2006 10:17:00 AM


Blogger steve w said...

Good post Kdawg. David Rogers has some similar thoughts, and quotes from what sounds like a very interesting book here: @ love each stone

Here's one of the quotes:
Hope for the future of the church in Western culture does not lie with the inherited church. Nor does it lie with the emerging church. It lies in conversations between inherited and emerging churches that enable each to learn from the other and together find fresh ways of incarnating the gospel in a changing and diverse culture.

2/22/2006 04:25:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...


Thanks for the link. I like your bike!

2/22/2006 04:47:00 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Kevin, I realize the substance of this post is about much more than football tradition, but I can't believe that you left Oklahoma off of your list! Dude! That's just unacceptable. ;)

2/22/2006 07:08:00 PM  
Blogger art rogers said...

You are wise, Kdawg. I know that your church is benefitting from your wisdom as they transition through to reaching this generation.

2/22/2006 09:41:00 PM  
Blogger Kevin Bussey said...

You are right Paul. We Bama people have a lot of respect for Sooners. I will update :)

2/23/2006 12:26:00 AM  
Blogger Neil Elmore said...

Oklahoma wasnt on the list for a good reason.

They are no longer relavant. They wooped up on a pathetically weak Big12 for acouple of years and then in the national championship games each year got their eyes beat in.
Bama is coming off of probation strong.

ROLL TIDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2/23/2006 01:40:00 AM  
Blogger David Phillips said...


First, great use of that picture! My home office is filled with Daniel Moore prints like that. Besides books, that what I collect these days!

Second, thanks for the link to the article at the Dallas News. Ironically, we are talking about adding a "Traditions" service ourselves trying to reach a large group of "Active Adults". My DOM is hoping this may become a model to use across the association, especially with all the "Active Adult" communities popping up all over Delaware. I've sent the article to him...

Blessings and let's send out a giant...


2/23/2006 11:05:00 AM  
Blogger Paul said...

Haha. Thanks, Kdawg. I really was kidding.

Neil, please don't forget that in recent history (actually since our last national championship) we have also beaten Alabama twice. I'll say no more as I don't want Kevin to kick me off of his blog. :)

2/23/2006 04:33:00 PM  

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