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10 Reasons to Attend an Emerging Event

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve been asked to host (emcee) an emerging event about what emerging Christians believe this October 19 and 20. Here’s a link to that event and then I have some nutty tongue-in-cheek humor for you about emerging events. Emerging Event in Austin Texas.
And I do hope you come.
Can you add to my list (and don’t get too serious)…
10. No matter which emerging event you attend, you can say hello to Tony and Doug.
9. If you are lucky, you will see Dan Kimball and his awesome hair style.
8. You will probably see lots of people there to whom, in a bathroom or something, you can say, “I can’t believe YOU are here! Are you emerging too?” You will here the same people say, “Me, no not me. I’m not emerging. I just like some of their ideas … sorry, I wanted to hear some of these people first hand.”
7. If someone gets the crazy idea of a footwashing, you can listen to a 30-minute conversation about whose Birks are whose.
6. The emcee announces the agenda for the meetings fifteen minutes after the event was supposed to begin and everyone on the speaking schedule says, “O, that’s what we are supposed to talk about here.”
5. You can see the biggest collection of 30something males with soul patches, shirts not tucked in, blue jeans with nice shoes, and thin sporty glasses that you will find in the USA. You might think the place is somewhere in Italy.
4. You might hear McKnight tell you that he goes to a mega-seeker-friendly church, reads evangelical theologians, wears creased pants with a tucked-in shirt and sports no facial hair — or head hair — and still calls himself emerging — and he goes to bed way too early and gets up way too early.
3. Rarely will you hear Tom Wright, Walter Brueggemann, Miroslav Volf, John Franke, Stan Grenz, and LeRon Shults mentioned by every person who makes a presentation. (Tony adds Moltmann — always.)
2. Politics is not discussed intelligently, but everyone has a strong opinion.
1. When you are done, it is likely you will be more confused than when you arrived. You can come to find out what it is like and walk away still wondering what it is like.
I should add that you may never meet a better group of people to hang out with.
Welcome to an emerging event! And, when the sessions are over, go to the closest pub and you might witness an emerging event up close and personal.



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Mark Grapengater

posted July 30, 2007 at 12:47 am


Number 2 sounds like NPTS.



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joe

posted July 30, 2007 at 8:15 am


so its like reading blogs……. but its like, people.
man i gotta get away from my computer



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ryan

posted July 30, 2007 at 9:27 am


i’m shaking my head. i was convinced that #7 proved that all emergents were a bunch of bible-thumpin’ hippies–many with letters after their names, ironically enough ;-) … until i read the rest of the list and i got nailed between the eyes on #5. sorry friends, i gotta go shave and put my contacts in…



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Julie Clawson

posted July 30, 2007 at 10:07 am


I was going to the Austin thing when it was back in March…
What else you will see at an emergent event -
The handful of women in attendance will spend the entire time hovering at the back of the room trying to keep their kids quiet and desperately catching whatever snatches of the conversation they can while their husbands engage in authentic community, theological exploration, and all the really important things in life…



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don

posted July 30, 2007 at 10:19 am


#11 you will find that every emergent leader on the platform is also hawking his (predominantly male) newest book in collaboration with another speaker. Like earlier colporteurs.



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tony jones

posted July 30, 2007 at 11:23 am


#12 The first presenter (unless it’s Scot) will use a curse word in the talk.



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theonlypj

posted July 30, 2007 at 11:31 am


I live close to the austin event and I could recommend a few pubs…
It will be great to have you in town Scot. Even though I pastor a small church in Austin, I sneak into events at Gateway every now and then. Good place.
#5…so true and times 10 in Austin!
PJ



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John Frye

posted July 30, 2007 at 12:16 pm


#12 the word “converesation” serves for the Emerging ones as the word “innerrant” does for some evangelicals :)



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Scot McKnight

posted July 30, 2007 at 12:27 pm


tony,
The “cursing” part comes from the Reformed folks. Did it start with Driscoll?



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Michael W. Kruse

posted July 30, 2007 at 12:48 pm


Don’t forget sightings of mainline types (Presby, Methodist, Lutheran) checking this stuff out so they can figure out how to implement and Emergent worship service. :)
And Julie #4:
“The handful of women in attendance will spend the entire time hovering at the back of the room trying to keep their kids quiet and desperately catching whatever snatches of the conversation they can while their husbands engage in authentic community, theological exploration, and all the really important things in life…”
Bingo! A common phenom I have noticed as well.



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RJS

posted July 30, 2007 at 12:56 pm


I would comment on Julie’s point – but then recalled Scot’s admonition “and don’t get too serious” – curses foiled again.



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Scott M

posted July 30, 2007 at 1:56 pm


Soul patch? Hmph. That’s just a more complicated way to shave. I gave up shaving when I got out of the military in 1990 — well before there was anything identifiably Christian about my identity. So at least one 40-something curmudgeon with a full beard should be there. ;)
Hopefully …



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RJS

posted July 30, 2007 at 2:04 pm


#13 See the late 40 to 50somethings recapture their Hippie or Jesus People youth. You can go back again.



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Henriet

posted July 30, 2007 at 2:34 pm


#? In no other place can you find such a large collection of intentionally bald 50-somethings with jeans and hip, untucked shirts.
#? The word “kindness” is part of every “conversation.”



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Peggy

posted July 30, 2007 at 3:34 pm


For Julie and Michael,
The lone woman found trying to “engage in authentic community, theological exploration, and all the really important things in life…” is there because her awesome husband took vacation from work to be Mr. Mom.
…it is not gonna be me this time…I’ve been let out twice this year already 8)



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Michael W. Kruse

posted July 30, 2007 at 6:30 pm


Also, it is the only place you can hear someone use expressions like “missional generative cohort” with a straight face. :)



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NewTrollObserver

posted July 30, 2007 at 8:36 pm


Emergents make Baptists look like Catholics.



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Dana Ames

posted July 30, 2007 at 10:42 pm


RJS #13,
Ouch, that one got me ;)
Dana



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John W Frye

posted August 1, 2007 at 11:04 am


Heniret (#14)–you are VERY observant. Nailed it.



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Peggy

posted August 1, 2007 at 12:13 pm


How about this: a high percentage of hyphenated words, with multiple sets of them in most descriptions.



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