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Five Streams of the Emergent Church January 22, 2007

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So, I have dabbled and explored this emergent church movement as a remedy of what some the perpetual issues facing the Asian American church…and I find it provocative at best and sometimes irresponsible at worst. I like that vibrancy and the postmodernity of relevance but I find the lack of clarity on some things to be a bit aloof…but here is a good article that sheds some light on this from Christianity Today…

Five Streams of the Emerging Church

Key elements of the most controversial and misunderstood movement in the church today.

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 and use naughty words. They evangelize and theologize like the Reformed—meaning they rarely evangelize, yet theologize all the time. They worship like charismatics—meaning with their whole bodies, some parts tattooed. They vote like Episcopalians—meaning they eat, drink, and sleep on their left side. And, they deny the truth—meaning they’ve got a latte-soaked copy of Derrida in their smoke- and beer-stained backpacks.


Along with unfair stereotypes of other traditions, such are the urban legends surrounding the emerging church—one of the most controversial and misunderstood movements today. As a theologian, I have studied the movement and interacted with its key leaders for years—even more, I happily consider myself part of this movement or “conversation.” As an evangelical, I’ve had my concerns, but overall I think what emerging Christians bring to the table is vital for the overall health of the church. (more…)

A Different Voice September 24, 2006

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An interesting article on emergent and another rehash of the emergent church movement as reported in the Washington Post. 
A different voice
Evangelical author puts progrssive spin on faith

By CARYLE MURPHY, The Washington Post

Published: Sunday, Sep. 24, 2006

Lyndsay Moseley was no longer inspired by the evangelical Christian faith of her youth. As an environmental activist, she believed that it offered little spiritual support for her work and was overly focused on opposing abortion and gay marriage.

Then the 27-year-old Washington, D.C., resident discovered Brian McLaren of Laurel, Md., one of contemporary Christianity’s hottest authors and founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church. (more…)

Blue Like Jazz mirrors debate about direction of Christianity September 15, 2006

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An interesting article talking about Blue Like Jazz…from the American Baptist News.

Blue Like Jazz mirrors debate about direction of Christianity

DALLAS (ABP) — Reactions among evangelical Christians to Donald Miller’s best-selling book Blue Like Jazz are about as diverse as reactions to the idea of postmodern Christianity itself.

Although the book debuted three years ago, its steadily growing popularity has made it a bona fide phenomenon in evangelical circles and spurred debates about the direction of Christianity as a whole.

Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality, Miller’s second book, uses the medium of a spiritual memoir to deconstruct and analyze much of what many evangelicals take for granted about the Christian lifestyle. A 30-something ex-Texan who grew up Southern Baptist, Miller uses the book to chart his own spiritual journey alongside Texas Baptists, Oregon hippies, atheists, folk singers, liberal college students and even penguins. (more…)

Evangelical Author Puts Progressive Spin On Traditional Faith September 11, 2006

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an interesting article that was featured in the Washington Post…Emergent Church Movement personality Brian Mclaren is much referred to in this article…enjoy!
By Caryle Murphy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Sunday, September 10, 2006; A01

Lyndsay Moseley was no longer inspired by the evangelical Christian faith of her youth. As an environmental activist, she believed that it offered little spiritual support for her work and was overly focused on opposing abortion and gay marriage.

Then the 27-year-old District resident discovered Brian D. McLaren of Laurel, one of contemporary Christianity’s hottest authors and founding pastor of Cedar Ridge Community Church in upper Montgomery County.

“He always talks about the environment as a priority when he talks about the church being relevant to the world,” Moseley said. “He’s leading a [spiritual] conversation that needs to happen,” one that “I’ve been hungry for.”

McLaren has emerged as one of the most prominent voices in an increasingly active group of progressive evangelicals who are challenging the theological orthodoxy and political dominance of the religious right. He also is an intellectual guru of “emerging church,” a grass-roots movement among young evangelicals exploring new models of living out their Christian faith. (more…)

Emergent Church or Divergent Church? August 24, 2006

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I am “pickpocketted” this discussion from World Magazine’s blog and want to start this discussion (if anyone is out there)….

What do you think of the Emerging Church movement? The Baptist Press (see article) quotes leaders such as Southern Seminary president Al Mohler who call it a threat to the Gospel. Mohler writes, “Unwilling to affirm that the Bible contains propositional truths that form the framework for Christian belief, this movement argues that we can have Christian symbolism and substance without those thorny questions of truthfulness that have so vexed the modern mind.”

Analysis: What is the “Emerging Church Movement?” August 24, 2006

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an interesting summary of some of the major points of emergent church by a Baptist State consultant…fair and summarily gives some points…take a read. Petery

By Chad Hall

BSC Communications

Read any number of ministry magazines, web sites or books these days and you’re likely to come across the terms like emerging church, emerging leaders, emerging ministry, emergent, and other strains of the word “emerging.”

Some people hail the emerging church movement as the second-coming of the Protestant Reformation, while others rail against it as a form of liberalism and watered-down Christianity in an age of anything goes. Still others see it as a passing fad or the reincarnation of the Jesus Movement of the 1960’s. People all around the world, including N.C. Baptists, are responding to, participating in, and reacting against this movement that cannot be easily described.

So what is all the fuss about? As a Baptist State Convention consultant who works with innovative and emerging issues, I’ve been watching the emerging church movement for six or seven years. As the moniker implies, the movement is constantly morphing, showing different sides of itself, and taking on new faces and voices. Following are a few snapshots of the emerging church movement that might help you know and understand it a bit better.

The movement is chaotic (more…)

Leaders call ‘Emerging Church Movement’ a threat to Gospel August 23, 2006

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Mar 23, 2005
By David Roach
Baptist Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)–A recently developed way of envisioning church known as the “Emerging Church Movement” deals carelessly with Scripture and compromises the Gospel, according to a prominent evangelical scholar and a Southern Baptist seminary president.

But Brian McLaren, one of the movement’s leaders, told Baptist Press that such criticisms are unfounded and that the Emerging Church Movement is “seeking to be more faithful to Christ” in the current postmodern cultural context.

In a book entitled “Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church,” which is scheduled to be published in June by Zondervan, theologian D.A. Carson defines the Emerging Church Movement as a group of people who believe the church must use new modes of expressing the Gospel as western culture adopts a postmodern mindset.

“At the heart of the ‘movement’ … lies the conviction that changes in the culture signal that a new church is ’emerging,'” writes Carson, who serves as research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Ill. “Christian leaders must therefore adapt to this emerging church. Those who fail to do so are blind to the cultural accretions that hide the gospel behind forms of thought and modes of expression that no longer communicate with the new generation.” (more…)

Church 2.0: Does a Congregation Know More Than the Pastor? August 8, 2006

Posted by peterong in Emergent.

Interesting article found on PBS’s Mediashift show exploring some aspects of the new and emerging church….It is well rounded exposition on several churches purtsuing innovative ways of bringing the gospel that is engaging and relevant. Let me know what you think…

-Peter O



Digging Deeper

The Journey sign.jpg

Sunday morning was bright and warm, as we walked toward the auditorium in South San Jose, Calif. Before we reached the door, we were handed a Polaroid camera and told to photograph ourselves and pass on the camera to the next person coming in. We took the photo, and went inside the building, where there was coffee, bagels and donuts.

A man was onstage in the auditorium, wearing a short-sleeved black shirt, shorts and Birkenstock sandals. There was an assortment of wooden picture frames floating above his head, and two large screens on either side of him ran a well designed PowerPoint presentation as he spoke.

Was it a high technology conference or demo? A spirited sales pitch or self-help workshop? No, this is The Journey , a nouveau reformed church that uses technology and rock music to help attract younger folks to the teachings of Jesus. And they are pushing the concept further, hoping to add Web 2.0 elements to allow parishioners to participate and help set the agenda of the church going forward. (more…)

Faith Without Foundations August 3, 2006

Posted by peterong in Christ and Culture, Christian News, Emergent.

This is an article I found on the Weekly Standard website which gives another critique of the emerging church movement (he calls it Kool-Aid)…chime in folks…

by Jim Tonkowich, president of the Institute on Religion & Democracy.
July 26, 2006
For those who are shocked by the crack-up of the Episcopal Church, let me explain: The answer was on a T-shirt I saw last month while traveling to the Presbyterian Church USA General Assembly in Birmingham and the Episcopal Church General Convention in Columbus. It read, “I’m Making It Up As I Go.” Exactly.

Both denominational meetings were characterized by division, polarization and discord as conservatives and liberals attempted to discern and approve God’s will on issues ranging from divestment from companies doing business with Israel to gay clergy to the doctrine of the Trinity (“Mother, Child, and Womb”?). As left and right argued their cases, the real issue emerged. It is not the opposing opinions on assorted overtures and resolutions that divide left and right; it is the underlying understanding of truth, and how we know it. (more…)

FIRST-PERSON: The myth of the apolitical evangelical August 2, 2006

Posted by peterong in Christ and Culture, Christian News, Emergent, Politics.

Found this on the net from the Baptist Press News website by Russell D. Moore. Mr. Moore is dean of the school of theology and senior vice president for academic administration at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky.…He has an interesting response to the NY Times article regarding Dr. Boyd’s church…especially his little ribbing at Brian Mclaren. Let the comments flow!

By Russell D. Moore
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP)–The New York Times recently featured a front-page story on the members who have left Woodland Hills Church in suburban St. Paul, Minn., over Pastor Gregory Boyd’s denunciation of “politics.” The Times headline summarized the story, �Disowning conservative politics, evangelical pastor rattles flock.

Some of the things Boyd renounces in the article are well worthy of renunciation. Some churches have too closely aligned the Kingdom community with one particular nation-state or political party, that is true. But the article also leaves murky, as does Boyd’s new book (“The Myth of a Christian Nation”) on the subject, how the church plans to challenge prophetically such social and state-sponsored evils as abortion. (more…)