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One of the most interesting

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the most interesting and provocative and challenging features of Solomon’s Porch, at least to me, is the interest in and working out of “embodiment” of the gospel in that local gathering of Christians. So, I’m grateful to Doug […]

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Coherence as Community

posted by xscot mcknight

No Evangelical or post-Evangelical group believes more in the Church than does the Emergent movement, though there will be plenty who would like to resist this claim. And I do not mean at all to suggest that anyone else doesn’t […]

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Reaction, Reduction, Reworking

posted by xscot mcknight

I’d like to suggest in this blog one of the underlying themes to Solomon’s Porch, and perhaps to the Emergent movement ecclesiology in many of its shapes and forms, and this first theme (there’ll be about ten) can be seen […]

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Pagitt, Solomon’s Porch and Emergent Ecclesiology

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m up here in Seattle, and Doug Pagitt’s heart-felt record of his church’s, Solomon’s Porch, work, called Reimagining Spiritual Formation, which for many Emergent folk is “old hat,” was a wondrous read and gave me many things to think about. […]

What the Church has to offer

posted by xscot mcknight

For a long while I have been teaching and preaching that all the Church really has to offer to anyone (and everyone) is Jesus Christ. That is all it has to offer. Nothing else, nothing less. Once the Church separates […]

Blogs to come: Emergent Ecclesiology

posted by xscot mcknight

With all my speaking in various places of late, I’ve had a hard time getting to the next topic I’d like to blog, namely, the “ecclesiology of the Emergent movement.” It would be foolhardy to think anything like an extensive […]

Birds and Roger Tory Peterson

posted by xscot mcknight

On the day we were taken to Roger Tory Peterson’s study center in Jamestown NY we returned to the Nelson’s and took a walk. Immediately I saw my first wild turkey, and will promptly enter it into my life list […]

Image of God: Meaning?

posted by xscot mcknight

Because of a few very kind e-mails and the blog there seems to be some reason to discuss the meaning of Image of God. First, I like to use “Eikon of God” instead of Imago dei or Image of God. […]

Gospels that Stop Short of Shalom

posted by xscot mcknight

Recently I’ve been reading and writing about how we present the gospel, and I’ve considered these “five” gospels that are preached: a gospel of Genesis 1, which focuses on our common humanity and our inherent capacities; a gospel of Genesis […]

The Fall

posted by xscot mcknight

Most Christians have always thought that at the Fall we fell comprehensively, though many don’t like the category of “total depravity.” But, as Cornelius Plantinga put it in his brilliant Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be, is there any […]

Preface

posted by xscot mcknight

Preface to my response We owe it to one another, and I feel I am a journalist in all this rather than someone to spar with, to listen as carefully as we can. Hence, I belabored a point by point […]

Emergence is more than epistemology

posted by xscot mcknight

Issue #1: Emergence is more than epistemology This book falls short of DA Carson’s better books, mostly because it is not researched thoroughly enough to cover enough of the Emergent movement to catch what is so blooming attractive about this […]

Emergence Divergence

posted by xscot mcknight

Emergent divergence My own experience shows that I have learned more about Emergent from blogging and talking and asking Emergents than I have from reading McLaren, but I have learned plenty from McLaren and from Pagitt. There are other Emergents […]

Passionate and why?

posted by xscot mcknight

Issue #1A: Emergence is passionate in various directions: Why? And, along this line, we have to ask why it is that so many Evangelicals are upset with their past – whether or not one agrees with DA Carson that its […]

Missional and holistic

posted by xscot mcknight

Issue #2: The missional and holism issues Fundamentally, the Emergent movement is a “missional” movement and it is holistic in its mission, and until it is addressed from that point, it won’t be addressed centrally. I am not aware that […]

What is Truth?

posted by xscot mcknight

Issue #3: What is Truth and how do we put it together? Furthermore, DA Carson’s book fails to deal with what “truth” means. It regularly tells us that we can know truth, that we find it everywhere in the Bible, […]

Subjects and Objects and Knowing Objects

posted by xscot mcknight

Issue #4: The Subject’s grasp of the Object leads to chastened truth-claims Also, I don’t think DA Carson deals with the inevitable entailment of truth-claiming, namely, that even if we think the Scripture is Truth and Jesus Christ is Truth, […]

Over-reactions

posted by xscot mcknight

Issue #5: Over-reactions in the Emergent movement The over-reactionary nature of some of its claims, especially about (a) modernism and postmodernism and (b) what modernist Christianity really believes. The reason this is a problem is because it resorts to false […]

Self-analysis

posted by xscot mcknight

Issue #6: Self-analysis or even self-deconstruction Is the Emergent movement largely white? largely post-Evangelical? If so, it needs to spread its wings and embrace the whole world. This is evidently an issue for some; DA Carson does not bring this […]

Permeable walls abounding

posted by xscot mcknight

Issue #7: A strength with a weakness: permeable walls abounding I find the “permeable walls” (they are not strong, solid, or thick) of the Emergent movement a breath of fresh air. It reminds of Jesus’ table fellowship where people could […]

Particular realities

posted by xscot mcknight

Issue #8: Particularism One of the most exciting issues is also a potential problem; I have heard many speak of the “particularism” of the Emergent movement and by that mean that the gospel will manifest itself differently in each location […]

Great Traditions

posted by xscot mcknight

Issue #9: Great Traditions I like the Emergent focus on the Great Traditions, but robbing and stealing from them without taking into consideration contexts is no more than ornament. You can’t have Icons if you don’t have a theology of […]

What role culture?

posted by xscot mcknight

Issue #10: Cultural usurpation My big problem ought to be obvious: the problem with Emergent alliance with postmodernism smacks of theological liberalism where the reigning ideology and idealisms of the day came to roost in the Church and eventually overwhelmed […]

What do we preach?

posted by xscot mcknight

Issue #11: What are we really preaching? What we preach is Jesus Christ, crucified, raised and the one who sent the Spirit. We don’t preach the spirit of the age; we preach to the spirit of the age from within […]

Brian, What do you really mean?

posted by xscot mcknight

Issue #12: Brian, what do you mean by this? Generous Orthodoxy, 35: “Beyond all these warnings, you should know that I am horribly unfair in this book, lacking all scholarly objectivity and evenhandedness. My own upbringing was way out on […]

Appreciation

posted by xscot mcknight

An Appreciation to Andrew Jones, the Tall Skinny Kiwi who opened the envelope for me I continue to learn from and support the many efforts of the Emergents because I think they have recognized the chastened humility that our humble […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 8

posted by xscot mcknight

The final chapter of DA Carson’s book is a biblical meditation on Truth and Experience, and largely a gentle, but well-informed, commentary on 2 Peter 1. Here’s his opening line: “A good deal of the discussion of this book could […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 7

posted by xscot mcknight

This chapter is easier to cover because of the nature of the chapter: Chapter 7 of DA Carson’s book tones down the rhetoric. DA Carson is a biblical theologian (shaped as he is by the Reformers and esp the Calvinistic […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 6

posted by xscot mcknight

No one who reads Brian McLaren or who finds him to be a significant theologian can afford not to read the seventh chapter of DA Carson’s book. Here’s what I mean: if DA Carson is right, McLaren’s book is seriously […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 5

posted by xscot mcknight

We now turn to chapter 5 of DA Carson’s book on the Emerging church. Patient listening is required, and that means patient sorting out of his argument and points, if we are to hear what is being said. I make […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 4

posted by xscot mcknight

In this fourth part of discussing DA Carson’s new book on the Emergent movement, I will consider a chapter on “Personal Reflections on PM’s contribution and challenges” (PM=Postmodernism). He begins with Premodern epistemology (reducing the postmodernity to an epistemology, which […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 3

posted by xscot mcknight

In this third installment of DA Carson’s important new book, Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church, we will briefly summarize and ask questions of his third chapter, a chapter on how well (or how well not) the Emergent leaders understand […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 2

posted by xscot mcknight

I didn’t think I’d get to a second part until tomorrow, but I just got the book for review, so here we go. In this second installment we will look briefly at what DA Carson says positively about the Emergent […]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement

posted by xscot mcknight

As I told Andrew Jones in my blog at his site, I am a former colleague of DA Carson’s at TEDS; I had the office next to his for years; he is my friend; I consider him an expert; I […]

Hero Mama

posted by xscot mcknight

One of the more than 58,000 (count ‘em) names on the War Memorial to the Vietnam Veterans in Washington, D.C., is Barry Armstrong. We weren’t close, but we did play sandlot baseball together at the Little League field in Read […]

Hermeneutics of Love

posted by xscot mcknight

Alan Jacobs, in his brilliantly written and wide-ranging book, A Theology of Reading, makes a simple point that has sent my mind reeling and my heart into confession and prayer. Here it is: genuine interpretation of another’s writing is an […]

Tolstoy and Eikons of God

posted by xscot mcknight

I have been skipping through some of Leo Tolstoy of late, and came upon William Shirer’s incredibly insightful study, Love and Hatred, which details the turbulent relationship of Leo and Sonya Tolstoy. For years and years they fought and warred […]

Randy Travis

posted by xscot mcknight

Last night at Willow Randy Travis gave a mini-concert. The place was packed. We are not country fans, but his song on the three wooden crosses was good enough to make it on all kinds of charts, and won our […]

Permeable Walls

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve been left wandering in my thoughts in my commute of late with a challenge to reach our world and our local communities more effectively. And my thoughts have considered at times how it was that Jesus drew so many […]

Labels

posted by xscot mcknight

In Julia Keay’s new book, Alexander the Corrector, we are introduced not only to a long-standing controversy — was Alexander Cruden mentally unstable or not? — but also to the power of labeling. In this book, which reads like a […]

Mr. Rogers

posted by xscot mcknight

Can anyone dispute the unimpeachable character revealed in this observation: James Kaplan, who wrote for TV Guide, once said this of Mr. Fred Rogers: “Fred Rogers is more Mister Rogers than Mister Rogers.” Recently read the splendid memoir of her […]

Truth-telling

posted by xscot mcknight

Everyone believes telling the truth is vital. Until the truth one has to tell is about one’s self, and one has to tell it to God.

One’s Proper End

posted by xscot mcknight

The End, in its technical sense, for which one lives shapes one’s entire life. If one’s End is the Final Judgment, one will become holy. If one’s End is the needs of others, one will become compassionate. Bunyan, Edwards, even […]

When is Social Justice Just?

posted by xscot mcknight

Social justice is the name of the game today for the progressive evangelical. The new heroes include writers like Ronald Sider and Jim Wallis, Christian Smith and Michael Emerson. But, so it seems to me, few are asking the right […]

Praying with the Church

posted by xscot mcknight

In the last three or so years I have been struck, through my reading of the most influential writers on Christian spiritual formation, by how many of them were committed to the “divine offices”. “Divine offices” refers to a rhythmical […]

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