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Austin (TX) Emerging Event

I’ll be leading a discussion about the theology of emerging leaders — Dan Kimball, Doug Pagitt, John Burke, and Danielle Shroyer. Our event will be in Austin TX, April 27-28. After reading the book Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches, I have plenty of questions myself. Here’s the link:
• “Register Now!” link
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• Host and speaker photos

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posted March 1, 2007 at 9:19 am

Woohoo! I live in Austin. I want to come and I’m trying to get a friend (A Different Karen) and my dad to join me.

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posted March 1, 2007 at 11:02 am

I’m planning on being there – looking forward to it.

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Pastor Mark

posted March 1, 2007 at 1:35 pm

I’m a little slow here, Scot, but I really appreciated your article in CT. My current thinking about the Emerging Movement includes (from my blog):
As for the Emergents, he segues effortlessly, much of what they seek (and attack my generation for): a more genuinely consistent Christianity, is not only good and needed, it turns out to be, when you analyze their diagnosis of current problems, to be the same things that Carl Henry noted in 1947 when he attacked the Fundamentalism of his day and launched (with Billy Graham and others) the modern Evangelical movement. And they are the same concerns that Evangelical magazines like Christianity Today have continued to raise through the years.
I don’t have time to list them and develop this thought, but look at the Emergents’ complaints and see how many you can find that haven’t been near the forefront of concern of educated Evangelicals of the past two generations. My only problem here is that they act and write like they are seeing something new, that we missed; when they are simply restating Christian ideals (community, service, etc) that have proven to be far more difficult to consistently apply in modern times than any of us imagined when we first took up our places at the plow many years ago. “Go for it!” I say; I hope you can do better than we have done. Just beware: The idealism of the young can easily, and often does, become the arrogance of the young. You don’t have to tell us where we’ve fallen short, we know all too well. Show us what it looks like to do better, as some of you are doing, and as some of us did, and the next generation to emerge will have something solid to thank you for.
But that isn’t my real concern about Emergents! My concern is this: Your achilles heal, the blind spot you don’t seem to recognize, young friends, is this: You are too much like Joel Osteen.
I hope that got your attention. Let me tell you why it is all too true.
Jesus and His early followers were not afraid of giving offense. Joel Osteen and most emergents are.
Oh, you don’t mind offending older evangelicals. My, how brave and daring you are!
But you are repeatedly showing yourself afraid of drawing any hard lines in the sand that might offend your secular peers. Why do Emergents downplay evangelism and the fate of the lost and seek to remove all the hard edges from the Bible’s teachings? Why water down theology to a few vague tendencies that will offend no one (except those who take theology seriously)? There is a thread running through all these Emergent tendencies and more- an unconscious acceptance of the spirit of YOUR age- a spirit of tolerance and non-offense that, while not a bad thing in its place, becomes a serious heretical tendency when it becomes one’s unconscious Theological and Spiritual Bottom-Line and Defining Principle.
Some of my peers have shown themselves all too good at giving offense, and have seemed to follow a logic that says if the world found Jesus and His Gospel offensive and if it finds them offensive too, then that must be proof that they doing God’s work, God’s way. That is stupid and wrong.
But read Matthew 23-25 and ask yourself if your church and your pastor could teach and preach these speeches by Jesus straight up, without watering them down or hedging them in with so many qualifications and caveats that they lose their force. And if so, do you ever do so? And if not, then you need to ask yourself, “Which spirit am I REALLY following?”

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Rick Just

posted March 2, 2007 at 10:19 am

Todd and I are coming down to Austin. It will be great to see you.

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Rick B.

posted March 2, 2007 at 11:27 am

Just a heads up…the flier lists that they are offering the book at a discounted price from their website, but the discount code listed is not working. I emailed Zondervan support, and am awaiting a response.

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posted March 2, 2007 at 7:19 pm

I took it from TSK that you’re not going to be able to make it to the Milwaukee event. Any chance you could be wrong? :-)

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Scott M

posted March 2, 2007 at 9:15 pm

Hosting a conference in my neck of the woods! I’m seeing what interest I can muster among some of my friends and hope to be there myself and maybe have the chance to say hi.

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posted March 7, 2007 at 11:27 am

Woo-hoo for the Austin location..!
I realize that I am perhaps the weirdest ‘conservative’ (whatever that means) you’d likely ever meet, so I’m REALLY excited about attending this!
Bonus: Driscoll and McKnight in the same room at the same time? That’s worth the price of admission alone…
Thanks so much for your site and your ministry.

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posted March 7, 2007 at 12:29 pm

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