“Why They’re Not Emergent”

Rod Dreher links to Kristen Scharold article in First Things: “The Emerging Church and Its Critics.” It references a book, Why We’re Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be), by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck. Let’s start with Scharold. She paints with a very broad brush. The emergent church isn’t much different. Its devotees…

The Emerging Church

Terry Mattingly is having a hard time defining “emerging church.” I wonder, is Brian McLaren really “the key figure”? He links to a Washington Post interview. It seems to me McLaren is just another liberal–and I find it interesting that in responding to the question of whether he is one, he speaks only in political…

Emerging Conversations

Emergent Village blog has a summary of articles about the recent dust up occasioned by Mark Driscoll’s criticism of some in the “emerging church conversation.” I finally got a chance to listen to Driscoll’s talk. Here’s a good report of what he said that got the EV folks upset: Driscoll previewed some of the research…

Evangelism as a Stumbling Block

How do you reach the “unchurched” or “postmoderns,” those skeptical of religion, or having had bad experiences, or who don’t find religious categories meaningful? Rod Dreher links to Amy Welborn who links to Dawn Eden to join in skewering “emerging church” practices and uplifting liturgical church approaches. If we are going to evangelize those people…

“Missional”?

Ed Stetzer at LifeWay Research reflects on the meaning of the term, “missional,” made popular by folks in the so-called “emerging church.” I’m not sure his post answers the questions he throws out. He references the Wikipedia definition. He says it has become “a true wiki-word.” Practitioners, theoreticians, fans and foes are defining, defending, and…

“A More Generous View”

As a response to Phil Johnson’s poster parodies, Emerging Grace provides alternative posters which represent “a more generous view” of “emerging church” principles. Via Emergent Village blog. And I gotta say, I don’t see what’s really so controversial about most of this “emerging church” stuff, especially as summarized in Grace’s posters. Now, I’m coming at…

“Emerging Church” Gathering in Austin

One of the regional gatherings, Emergence 2007: The National Conversation on the Emerging Church, will be at Gateway Community Church in Austin October 19-20. Scot McKnight lists reasons for attending. Registration. I had thought about attending, but we’re having something that weekend that I need to attend in Houston instead.

“Emerging Church” Satire

You gotta admit that Phil Johnson of Pyromaniacs is a talented graphic artist. He’s been posting a series of posters satirizing the Emerging Church movement, that he has now gathered together in one place. If you click on the posters as they appeared on his blog, you will be taken to sites which he says…

Allies of Al-Qaeda?

A fellow named Frank Pastore opines: “Why Al Qaeda Supports the Emergent Church.” The emergent church is an ally in the war against radical Islam–al Qaeda’s ally. Not in the sense they are supplying bullets and bombs to Osama, of course, but in the sense they are weakening our conviction to fight. If those in…

Feeding the Hungry

I’m reading Eddie Gibbs and Ryan K. Bolger, Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Community in Postmodern Cultures (Baker 2005). Spencer Burke of Newport Beach, CA is quoted: On one occasion, our community was getting kicked out of a park because of our interaction with the homeless. “You can’t feed the homeless here; you need a permit,”…

The Younger Evangelicals

I’m reading Robert E. Webber, The Younger Evangelicals: Facing the Challenges of the New World (Baker 2002). How do today’s younger evangelical theologians differ from “Traditional Evangelicals” (flourishing in the post WW2 era; Billy Graham is named as representative) and “Pragmatic Evangelicals” (the Baby Boomer theologians who were big on things like “seeker services” in…

Ecclesia

This morning I visited Ecclesia, Houston’s leading example of an “emerging church.” A friend, David Capes, is one of the elders. The church has Baptist roots, and once met at South Main Baptist (see this article by Terry Mattingly), but folks of many backgrounds were involved in this new plant, which for the last few…

Emerging Churches

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,…

Jewish Emergent

At ReligionNews.com, a mention of Kavana, in Seattle, an “emergent” community in the Jewish tradition. Of course, J. Shawn Landres has been on top of this for quite some time, as in his article, The Emerging Spiritual Paradigm. See also S3K Working Group on Emergent Sacred Communities and Synablog.

Pyromaniacs on Emergent

I just came across the Pyromaniacs blog, an evangelical contribution to the blogosphere with a fun look. Phil Johnson (executive director of Grace to You) has some astute comments about the “Emerging Church Movement” (link includes several posts on the topic).

The “Emerging Church”

Christianity Today profiles the evangelical movement known as the “emerging church.” It is said that emerging Christians confess their faith like mainliners—meaning they say things publicly they don’t really believe. They drink like Southern Baptists—meaning, to adapt some words from Mark Twain, they are teetotalers when it is judicious. They talk like Catholics—meaning they cuss…