Emergence Christianity “Explosion!”

“We’re not dead; we’re just hitting puberty!” So say yesterday’s trailblazers and newly-coached leaders in the Emergent Church movement, which we were told two years ago (By John MacArthur!) was gasping its last breath.

These post-modern gurus who spawned the whole lets-have-a-conversation-because-we-can’t-possibly-know-absolute-truth-in-scripture thought are still out there, and their numbers aren’t dwindling at all. Not by a long shot.  In fact, many of the once prominent voices are in the coaching role as a whole new emerging generation is rising up to take the microphones. No, these emergent leaders not only aren’t dead, they’re converging in conferences all around the nation just like the Evangelicals.

Tomorrow the Emergence Christianity: A National Gathering with Phyllis Tickle and Friends celebration kicks off for two days in Memphis, and it is sold out. I’m sharing this article from the leftist-secular-atheist-progressive site that is Patheos, written by one of the prominent Emergent voices of the day, :

I’m in Memphis, coordinating an event called Emergence Christianity: A National Gathering with Phyllis Tickle and Friends. It’s gonna be awesome. In advance of it launching tomorrow, some of my friends have written posts reflecting on it.

Bruce Reyes-Chow: Aren’t We Done Emerging Yet? Sure.

I know — f or some people, the whole ”emergent” church thing is sooooo over and as a brand, sure. Not one to get too caught up in needed precise definitions *shocking*  the core values of this population — the ones that have drawn me into relationship with these folks are still there: a genuine passion for the Christian faith, a curiosity about what may be happening and a willingness to try some things . . . and best of all – huge, empathetic and frustrating intentions about life and the world. From the conservative Baptist to the way-too-liberal Presbyterian and everyone in-between, I have been inspired by the many conversations – glancing and deep – that I have had over the years and so I look forward to yet one more gathering that will feed my soul and spark my synapses.

Adam Walker-Cleaveland: Hope for the Church: “I’m Not Dead”

I think that’s true…we’re not dead yet. The church isn’t dead yet. There is hope and beauty and potential with the church…but as I mentioned in my previous post, we have to be ready and willing to do things differently. And…although the church isn’t dead yet, I do think it would be good for all of us (pastors, seminarians, professors, lay people) to realize that we are headed down that track, and we need to wake up to that reality.

Jay Voorhees: Emergent 10 Years After: A United Methodist Perspective

However, the question that remains for me is if the emergence conversation has had any impact on the broader, institutional church. Some will say (cough…Tony Jones…) that there is no future for the already established, institutional church and that we should treat it with respect as we help it die a peaceful death (actually Tony might argue for assisted suicide, but that’s another blog post). There are others of us that understand (which Phyllis affirms) that reform movement often create something new, but also bring forth changes from the institutions that they are pushing against. Have changes been happening in traditional communions like my own? Are there influences from the emergent conversation that have begun to make their way into “traditional” church life and practice.

Source: Patheos


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One Response to Emergence Christianity “Explosion!”

  1. Mr Davis says:

    You know its funny when the emergents are saying we need to be ready to do things different, when in fact it is because much of the professing church is not employing biblical principles in corperate worship that we are in the situation we are in. The professing church may expound scriptures but they do not do what it says.

    And yet we wonder why this movement is this growing by leaps and bounds. Why

    There is an ignorance to the spiritual battle that is waging. What? somebody wants me to remain a slave to sin and unrighteousness? And thereby destroy myself by my own lusts? What are you talking about?

    Failure to proclaim the true gospel "there is alot of confussion here too on what is the Gospel" Galatians 1-2 tells us where to look for it. It is in the scriptures as handed down by the apostles.

    Failure to disciple converts "born again believers" teaching them to obey the whole counsel of God. More attention is giving to preaching to the quire than in training in righteousness. All we seem to care about is putting on a show these days in our sacred assemblies which have ceased to be sacred. Isaiah 1

    Failure to put on the whole armour of God. "We don't do this because we don't even know what this is talking about anymore". Ephesians 6

    Failure to promote and enforce a holy standard through church discipline. "We don't want to offend any by exhortation". We don't know how to discipline. We don't have the right heart. One filled with compassion for the one you are correcting. We come with self righteousness with not even a trace of humility. 1Cor 3-6, 2 Cor 2

    Failure of our acceptance to the calling wherein we are called to be a Holy Nation, a Royal Priest Hood a peculiar people interceeding between a horrific culture and a Holy righteous just God. Calling all men everywhere to repentance and reconcilliation with God through faith in Christ Jesus as LORD and the Salvation made possible by His own Blood. 2 Cor 5 and 1 Peter 2, 2 Peter 1

    And we the professing Church have the audacity to call Christ Jesus our Lord.

    In Christ Jesus's day, there were alot of folks doing what they thought was right even though they were not doing what Christ said to do.

    He corrected them on this. Why do you call me Lord, Lord and do not the things I say. Luke 6:26 It was important enough to be recorded in all the Gospels save one.

    Again we have the audacity to call Christ Lord.


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