I’ve been reading some more about those churches that are using the “emerging” label to describe themselves. I’ve heard the term, but haven’t had time in the past to look into it. It’s a movement–or perhaps a group of movements–within evangelicalism that grew out of a concern with how to minister to “postmoderns,” that is, Gen-Xers and later. I qualify that because I’m struck by the diversity of folks that use the term. Some have a tenuous grip upon Christian orthodoxy and morality, and that troubles others in the movement.
Here are a few links:
- The Future of the Emerging Church. Christianity Today.
- “A Generous Orthodoxy”–Is It Orthodox? Albert Mohler.
- Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. Part one. Part two.
- A Response to Recent Criticism. Brian McLaren.
- Unraveling Emergent. Doug Pagitt.
- Five Streams of the Emerging Church. Christianity Today.
- The Emergent Mystique. Christianity Today.
- Emerging Confusion. Chuck Colson.
- Please Don’t Stereotype the Emerging Church. Dan Kimball.
- Men Are from Mars Hill. Interview with Mark Driscoll.
- Another interview with Mark Driscoll.
Tomorrow I’m going to check out Ecclesia, Houston’s contribution to this discussion. A friend, David Capes of Houston Baptist University, is one of the elders.