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Emerging Peter: Harmonious Relations

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Peter urges the resident aliens and temporary residents to avoid sin, esp violent reactions, and to do good. We’ve just had a few posts on how he advises wives and husbands to avoid sin and do good, and all of […]

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Emerging Peter: Wives and Husbands 3

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Peter seeks for ethical guidelines for both wives (3:1-6) and husbands (3:7) when it comes to how this small group of Christians were learning how to live (and survive) in the Roman Empire. Wives are exhorted to live with their […]

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Emerging Peter: Wives and Husbands 2

posted by xscot mcknight

How do evangelical feminists and traditionalists look at 1 Peter 3:1-7? If the feminist approach is basically one of a hermeneutic of suspicion and repudiation/retrieval, how do evangelical feminists approach such texts — text asking women to be “submissive”?

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Emerging Peter: Wives and Husbands 1

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Peter is explaining to his powerless readers, who are resident aliens and temporary residents, how to live as Christians within the Roman Empire. The principle that shapes his thinking is found in 2:11-12, and that principle is to avoid sin […]

Emerging Peter: Slavery 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Sometimes the way to follow Jesus is to go to the cross with him. Peter thought this was the only option for the household slaves — he appealed to them to look to God for grace, to look to God […]

Emerging Atonement: Story telling

posted by xscot mcknight

In Alan Mann’s Atonement for a ‘Sinless’ Society, which drew plenty of healthy comment yesterday, there is a big-time emphasis on narrative or story. Whether we talk like this or even think like this or not, “story” or “narrative” gives […]

Bob’s Going Home!

posted by xscot mcknight

Hi! It’s nice to be the bearer of GOOD news!! If all remains as is, Bob will be coming home this Friday!! [This is a note from Wendy.]

Emerging Peter: Slavery 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday’s post sets up today’s. Peter is addressing the powerless — much more powerless than we can probably recognize today. And they are “slaves” (the Greek word probably indicates “household slaves”). Peter is addressing the gamut of the “household” (2:18–3:7) […]

Emerging Peter: Slavery 1

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Before anything else, let’s admit this up front: it is not easy for us to look at 1 Peter 2:18-25 (on slaves submitting to masters, as Jesus submitted to the Father) without fire in our eyes, shame in our history, […]

Is the future of Evangelicalism with the SBC?

posted by xscot mcknight

The rise of the Southern Baptist Convention out of the confines of its own walls into a major player in Western Christianity’s evangelicalism calls for a conversation. There were days when the SBC was all to itself, read only books […]

Atonement: An Emerging Issue 3

posted by xscot mcknight

One of England’s better known Christians, Steve Chalke, has written a book about Jesus that addresses the atonement in his final chapter: “One Act, Two Scenes.” The book is called The Lost Message of Jesus.

Emerging Peter: Dealing with Nero

posted by xscot mcknight

If you had the chance to have a few words with Hitler in the height of his fury, or with Stalin in the back alley of the Kremlin, or some other creep whose abuse of power was outrageous, just what […]

Emerging Peter: When God Visits

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Peter tells his powerless resident aliens and temporary residents to avoid fleshy lusty pursuits of power to get God’s will accomplished, and he also tells them to be good citizens. And he tells them that the day God visits will […]

Atonement: An Emerging Issue 2

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Is the doctrine of penal substitution “divine child abuse”? If you haven’t seen this expression before, keep your eyes open because more and more are using it as a rhetorical weapon against the traditional (Reformed) view of atonement.

Emerging Peter: Benefactors of the Community

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Peter mixes the powerlessness of his readers, who were resident aliens and temporary residents — a social descriptor, with the challenge of bringing God’s redemptive work in Christ to Asia Minor and he begins by exhorting them to do God’s […]

Atonement: An Emerging Issue

posted by xscot mcknight

Atonement is an emerging issue, both for the emerging movement and for traditional evangelical Protestantism. I’m working on a book for Abingdon on atonement, and presently sorting out some of the literature. The volume by Charles Hill and Frank James […]

Emerging Peter: Avoid Fleshy Lusts

posted by xscot mcknight

I missed yesterday because our flight was delayed, but I want to resume where we left off last Friday, and stick to 1 Peter 2:11-12, which is the heart of Peter’s letter. The readers to whom he gives this address […]

Give and Take

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Many of us in the emerging movement are seeking to build bridges to the Christian past — to each of the three major forms: the Protestant Reformation, the Roman Catholic Church, and Eastern Orthodoxy. But, there is “give and take”: […]

Pray for Tom Ward

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is a letter from the Purple Pastor at Eastpoint Community Church. He’s in Africa for two weeks working with orphans of AIDS: Dear Scot, Tonight I’ll be flying from Philadelphia to London, and then on to Lusaka, Zambia.

Emerging Peter: Emerging Strategy

posted by xscot mcknight

I will use this post to explain the big picture of Peter’s emerging strategy, for in 1 Peter 2:11-12 Peter gives his strategy. It is here that Peter devises a strategy for how the communites of faith in Asia Minor […]

Emerging Peter: Universalizing Election

posted by xscot mcknight

We need to return to the text of yesterday: 1 Peter 2:9-10. This is pure emerging church theology. Peter here does three things: (1) he universalizes election, (2) he privileges the marginalized, and (3) he declares a missional strategy.

Emerging Peter: Redefining Israel

posted by xscot mcknight

It is politically incorrect to say that the Church replaces Israel in the plan of God or to say that a supersessionism is at work in early Christian theology. Traditionally Christians have claimed both terms at some level. There are […]

Emerging Peter: Start with Jesus

posted by xscot mcknight

In Steve Taylor’s book, The Out of Bounds Church?, he suggests Peter performed the DJ role for the emerging churches of Asia Minor: he mixed a few CDS into one fluid sound. (By the way, I missed Taylor’s book in […]

Emerging Peter: Spirituality

posted by xscot mcknight

I have been puzzled more than once why Peter overloads on “spirituality” in 1 Peter 2:5. Here are his words in the NRSV: “like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to […]

Mills in Criswell Theological Review 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Summarizing a clear but still technical journal article is not easy, and so shorter here is better. David Mills, a prof at Cedarville University, asks if the critics of emergent leaders are justified in their accusation that the leaders are […]

Why I am not an Emergent Youth Minister

posted by xscot mcknight

A highlight of my week in San Diego was meeting with Mark Oestreicher (Marko). We had lunch in La Jolla (pronounced La Hoya) overlooking the bay. Well, it is not hard to imagine. It was beautiful. The food was good […]

Emerging Peter: Rejected Rocks

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I am impressed with how Peter seeks to provide a mental apparatus for his readers on how to cope with opposition to Jesus and the Church. They are to be nourished by feasting on the Lord (1 Pet 2:3), and […]

Emergent Voices

posted by xscot mcknight

The future of emerging theology fascinates me. I’ve said this before, but let me say it again. In the 80s and 90s, historical Jesus studies and studies about the new perspective on Paul dominated academic discussions. It was fun to […]

Emergent (Behind the Scene) Leader

posted by xscot mcknight

Emergent’s national coordinator is Tony Jones, and Emergent Village has a line-up of significant leaders, and then there are others who exercise leading voices like Brian McLaren and TSK and Steve Taylor and Jordon Cooper and I’ll not try to […]

Emerging Peter: Emerging So Far

posted by xscot mcknight

I thought it might be a good point to pause for a moment to see where we are in 1 Peter and why it is that we can call Peter’s letter “emerging.” Simply put, Peter is fashioning a way to […]

Emerging Peter: Are We Saved?

posted by xscot mcknight

Peter’s readers are exhorted to put behind them their previous lifestyles — and the sins of that lifestyle are communal-distortions: malice, deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander. Getting rid of sins is not the whole story: growth in grace is both […]

Emerging Reconciliation

posted by xscot mcknight

Some folks, most of them with noble intentions, are vocal and vehement critics of Emergent. Their targets have especially been Brian McLaren, Doug Pagitt, and Tony Jones. What should the leaders of Emergent do about their critics?

Emerging Peter: A Community Gospel

posted by xscot mcknight

As Peter invites his Asia Minor readers, who are resident aliens and temporary residents, to live the Christian life surrounded by non-believers, how does he define the gospel? One place to begin to answer that question is with 1:22-25. His […]

Emergent Theology

posted by xscot mcknight

This is the second in a week-long series of observations about the Emergent event at the National Pastor’s Convention. I wish I could talk about the rest of the sessions, but other than speaking in my own sessions and participating […]

Emergent Dress

posted by xscot mcknight

Rarely do I think about what I “should” wear, and I like it when local churches tell me that I don’t even need to wear a tie for the Sunday morning sermon. (My kind of place.) But, I did think […]

National Pastor’s Convention, Day 3

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After an 11pm flight on a full plane, a red-eye that arrived at O’Hare at 4:25am, and a short drive home, and not any where near being rested, I want to pause (before a nap) to record my last day […]

Emerging Peter: Abusing Holiness

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Both Heaven Hope and Holiness are misunderstood — for neither permits or encourages escape from this world. I’m willing to say that the emerging movement today is a holiness movement, and by saying that you might accuse me of nonsense. […]

National Pastor’s Convention, Day 2

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John Burke, of No Perfect People Allowed, made the first presentation today and dealt with two issues facing postmodernists today: struggle with trust and a struggle with truth. He believes the way to deal with trust is to construct a […]

Emerging Peter: Heaven Hope

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The Heaven Hope of Christians has been called into question by the emerging movement. Why? Two reasons, at least: first, because it sometimes leads to an other-wordliness on the part of Christians, which is little more than a form of […]

Emergent at the National Pastor’s Convention

posted by xscot mcknight

Some of you may be interested in the Critical Concerns Course that Zondervan sponsored for pastors who wanted to come a day early to learn about the emerging church movement. First off, I’m grateful to Zondervan, John Raymond, and to […]

Emerging Peter: Redemptive Grid

posted by xscot mcknight

Peter is writing his letter to resident aliens and migrant workers in Asia Minor, and they want to know how to live in the Roman Empire. Why do they ask such a question? Because they are now living in the […]

Emerging Peter: Yes, Social

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday we looked at 1 Peter’s readers: “aliens and strangers.” We laid out the two major options, and in this post I want to provide an argument for why I think these two terms describe the social location of Peter’s […]

Emerging Peter: Spiritual or Social?

posted by xscot mcknight

In this series of posts, I will focus on 1 Peter as reflective of a theology and a set of churches in an emerging situation. That is, I will examine 1 Peter from front to back as an attempt by […]

The First Emerging Church

posted by xscot mcknight

I will begin a series this week on 1 Peter and contend that 1 Peter is a good example of what theology looks like in an emerging environment.

Bill’s Pub

posted by xscot mcknight

Jim Wallis, some of you may know, when a student at Trinity, used to hang out at Bill’s Pub in Mundelein, IL, where he and his radical buddies mapped out the future of where the evangelical movement ought to go. […]

National Pastor’s Convention

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ll be in San Diego next Tuesday through Thursday, speaking at the National Pastor’s Convention. Hope to see some of you. We are in a two-day emerging church event called Critical Concerns (Tony Jones, Dan Kimball, Doug Pagitt, John Burke, […]

What is the Emerging Church?

posted by xscot mcknight

Here is my article that surveys the emerging movement/church. It was ready to a few months back, but Katrina was more important and then we had Christmas. I’m grateful to Bob Smietana and the fine staff at Covenant Companion. I’m […]

Gracious Christianity 7

posted by xscot mcknight

Any Christianity worthy of the name is gracious. Here’s an opening definition from Jacobsen/Sawatsky: “Being church is being Christian together” (89). What do you think of this definition?

Gracious Christianity 4

posted by xscot mcknight

Chp 3 in Jacobsen and Sawatsky, Gracious Christianity, is about “hearing God’s voice.” God’s voice comes to us as summons, as a call. Here’s a great quotation: “God does not compete for our attention by trying to outyell everyone else” […]

Emergent-Jewish Conversation

posted by xscot mcknight

There was a blog-fight about the Emergent S3K discussion, and here are some reports about what was said and responses: Ryan Bolger begins here. http://synagogue3000.org/synablog/?p=14 http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/01/18/AR2006011801311.html http://www.jewishjournal.com/home/preview.php?id=15322 Any responses?

Emerging at Firkin’s

posted by xscot mcknight

Kris and I had a wonderful dinner last night with some local students who are definitely interested in things emerging. We gathered at Firkin’s in Libertyville. We got to know one another some and had a nice dinner. I could […]

Fitch Responds

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David Fitch’s book, The Great Giveaway, as been featured and discussed in many ways on this blog for two weeks, and David has been a “good guy” in listening. Now he responds, and I think you can say this is […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 9

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Yesterday a blogger commented that Fitch got him to recall, in his chps 4-5, that IH Marshall had written an article back in 1985 that argued that the NT evidence does not suggest the Christians got together for “worship” (as […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 8

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The seventh chp in David Fitch’s The Great Giveaway concerns spiritual formation. The primary direction of the chp is to return counseling to the church and to get more church in the psychologist’s office. [Now he’s meddling with my wife’s […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 7

posted by xscot mcknight

So far David Fitch, in his provocative book, The Great Giveaway, has taken on the pillars of evangelical church life: success, evangelism, leadership, experience, and preaching. He will also address spiritual formation and moral education. But, I’m particularly happy he […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 6

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David Fitch’s The Great Giveaway turns in chp 5 to the “Preaching of the Word” and he sub-titles his chp “the myth of expository preaching.” What do you see as the primary function of preaching? To be an exposition of […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 5

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Chapter four of David Fitch’s The Great Giveaway takes on a troubled and troubling dimension of corporate worship: the production of experience. Because of Fitch’s personal study of the history of liturgy and worship, and because of his experimentation and […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 4

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We are in the third chapter of David Fitch’s provocative, if not accusatory, study called The Great Giveaway. This chapter deals with pastoral leadership and the thesis of this chapter is very simple, and it is one that should be […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 3

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The second chp in David Fitch’s book, The Great Giveaway, concerns how to evangelize in postmodernity, and for those of you who have read this blog or are conversant with the discussion about evangelism in the emerging movement, this chapter […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 2

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David Fitch, in his Great Giveaway, first studies how evangelicalism defines “success.” This is, in my estimation, a great place to start a book. Evangelicals, he contends, too often define success by numbers: attendance and baptisms. He contends this is […]

The Evangelical Giveaway 1

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David Fitch, in his new book, The Great Giveaway: Reclaiming the Mission of the Church from Big Business, Parachurch Organizations, Psychotherapy, Consumer Capitalism, and Other Modern Maladies (Baker, 2005), weighs in in a modern genre of literature: evangelicals vs. evangelicalism. […]

Walking the Sacred Way

posted by xscot mcknight

I’ve gone on record at not being a big fan of envisioning the Christian life through the spiritual disciplines, though I’m all for them. I just don’t think the way to approach the Christian life is through a means but […]

Emerging-Jewish Conversation: Round 2

posted by xscot mcknight

There was a stir recently when Emergent leaders announced they were meeting with some Jewish leaders. Here is the latest form of the press release for S3K, including names of those invited: LOS ANGELES, MINNEAPOLIS — Synagogue 3000 (S3K) and […]

National Pastors Convention: Invitation

posted by xscot mcknight

Zondervan has asked me to offer you this invitation: Dear friend: In just a few weeks I’ll be part of the 2006 National Pastors Convention in San Diego on February 22-25, 2006. I thought you might be interested in what […]

One Thing Needful 2: Friendship

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Friendship: what are the purposes and duration of friendships? In light of what I described yesterday, we can now ask this question: if Aristotle was accurate in describing the three kinds of friendships (utility, pleasure, and virtue), what are their […]

The Emerging-Evangelical Discussion: The One Needful Thing 1

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Friendship, that is the one needful thing for this conversation. What I mean mostly is that no matter where we stand, when we are done discussing something, we still should be friends. We remain friends because we love one another, […]

The Death Penalty and Purple Theology

posted by xscot mcknight

Tookie Williams was executed last night, at the stroke of midnight. I do not know enough of the facts to judge whether or not California was just, nor do I want to comment on the Tookie Williams case. My view […]

A Good Example: Emergent and S3K

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Here we go. Here’s an example of my previous posts about learning how to talk with one another, and I’m not so sure it is happening as it ought. Emergent leaders Brian McLaren and Tony Jones are quoted in an […]

How to Talk to an Evangelical (If I May)

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My post, Seven Habits of Successful Emerging Discussions, generated enough suggestions that I thought it would be good to post today on how Emerging Movement folk (EMers) might better converse with evangelicals. Just as I don’t assume to speak for […]

Seven Habits of Successful Emerging Discussions

posted by xscot mcknight

Why talk about this again? One simple reason: too many continue to use the terms inaccurately, so I thought I’d post a little blog on how to use these terms a little more accurately. I’ve tired of hearing us talk […]

Russ Moore on McAuthenticity

posted by xscot mcknight

After I posted yesterday on a parabolic comparison between the way the SBC treated Johnny Cash (and now backs down some) and now treats Brian McLaren, Russell Moore writes this column:

Scripture: Authority and N.T. Wright

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Tom Wright’s newest book, The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture, arrived on my desk at just the right time. I posted last week on the authority of Scripture, and asked […]

Scripture: Authority and Inerrancy

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Well, in light of my last post about Scripture and authority we might as well put this term on the table too: “inerrancy.” If I suggested in a hotly-commented post that “authority” does not tell us enough about our relationship […]

Scripture: Replacing “Authority”

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Some of you will remember a previous post when I suggested that a “purple” theology probably will not find the word “authority” as the appropriate word for Scripture. Now, I have no truck with the word “authority” apart from the […]

On defining a praxis

posted by xscot mcknight

Evangelicals define different parts of the Church by theology. The Emerging Movement is not cooperating, and hence Evangelicals are doing what they can to get it to — and the tug of war will continue until one of two things […]

A Summons called Sermon on the Mount

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I’ve spent my academic life teaching the Sermon on the Mount in one way or another. Most of those who read the Sermon the Mount (=SoM) see it as the Ethics (or Morals) of Jesus or they classify it as […]

An Emerging Challenge

posted by xscot mcknight

There never has been a time, to my knowledge, when the Church has been really good at being genuinely boundaryless and borderless and unprejudiced. The mandate of the Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:28 — that in Christ there should be […]

What is the Emerging Church? Pro-Aplenty

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The first three promised posts on the Emerging Movement, on Praxis, Protest, and Postmodernity, evoke a final post on the positives. There has been some justifiable criticism of the Emerging Movement for its constant criticism, though I think from the […]

What is the Emerging Church? Postmodernity

posted by xscot mcknight

This series on “What is the Emerging Church?” is designed to help the many who are constantly asking about the identity and definition of the movement or conversation. But, let me be a bit cranky first: Emergent Village has a […]

What is the Emerging Church? Protest

posted by xscot mcknight

Whatever the Emerging Movement is, it is clearly a protest movement. Sometimes it can appear to be cranky, but there is substance and there is focus in what the Emerging Movement is protesting. And, though sometimes the resolutions fall flat […]

What is the Emerging Church?

posted by xscot mcknight

My conversation last week with a pastor of a mega-church, with my contention that a caricature was being used and his and others’ justifiable question, “Well, then, what is it?” leads me to a few posts this week that will […]

Blog-debating

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The recent blog debate about what the emerging movement is and what it isn’t brings home to me what can be and can’t be accomplished in the blog world. I learn from many of the individual posts, and I learn […]

James Macdonald and Emergent

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Pastors have a nearly impossible task. Especially pastors of mega-churches. Because they are asked to do so many things, speak at so many other functions, and render judgment on nearly everything that comes along, pastors can develop one of two […]

What is the gospel? No Logo and Packaging

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On my way to my doctor for an annual physical this morning I got to thinking about this “No Logo” gospel, and that some have commented back that “No Logo” is as much about “branding” as anything, and that the […]

Doctrinal Statements and the Emerging Movement 6

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If there is anything clear about the emerging movement, it is this: the gospel is proclaimed by performance. So, it should not surprise that these articulations, which are themselves laced together with “action” type statements, are now tied together with […]

Doctrinal Statements and the Emerging Movement 5

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So far we have looked at the first three “articles” of Emergent Village. Today I’ll take a look at the fourth, and then tomorrow, after looking at the “actions” section at the end of Emergent Village’s charter, make some suggestions […]

Doctrinal Statements and the Emerging Movement 4

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In this series on whether or not it is wise for local churches to cobble together a doctrinal statement on the basis of creeds and confessions, we have also been looking at how Emergent Village has fashioned a “belong to […]

Doctrinal Statements and the Emerging Movement 3

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Notice the second “affirmation” of Emergent Village: 2. Commitment to the Church in all its Forms: We are committed to honor and serve the church in all its forms – Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant, Pentecostal. We practice “deep ecclesiology” – […]

Emerging Movement and the Saints

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You’ve perhaps already read, but in the case that you haven’t, it is worth looking at CT’s piece by Chris Armstrong on how the saints can be of use to what he calls the Emergents. Chris has a blog on […]

Doctrinal Statements and the Emerging Movement 2

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It’s been a long day. I got up early, went to a prayer meeting with some wonderful pastors and leaders, had a breakfast, spoke my heart out to these same pastors and leaders, had lunch, two hours of driving and […]

Doctrinal Statements and the Emerging Movement

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I’ve done this more than most. When I see a church with no denominational affilation (say, the Rock of Wonders Community of Jesus Christ now dwelling at this corner), I wonder “what do they believe?” When I see a Lutheran […]

The Church, Embracing Grace, and Racism 7

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A purple theology and a purple politics spring from the Kingdom vision of Jesus and a theology of the earliest Christian faith. Purple theology transcends both the liberal and conservative impasse; purple politics transcends both the “red” and “blue” partisan […]

The Church, Embracing Grace, and Racism 6

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So, we are led to ask, “What can we do about it? What can we do about racism in our culture? What can we do as Christians?” [I had a comment here that I deleted because I thought it would […]

The Church, Embracing Grace, and Racism 5

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There is a reason, perhaps less in importance but perhaps just as insidious, why Christian communities of faith need to stop in their tracks and post a new life-sign about the end of racism in the Church. That reason is […]

The Church, Embracing Grace, and Racism 4

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I thought I’d post today on the need for repentance and forgiveness, but instead I want to posit another way of looking at our problem — and it is a problem for whole Church. My contention is that the gospel […]

Franke’s Character of Theology 6

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This is our last post on Franke’s book, The Character of Theology. Here’s my overall assessment: The book exposes themes that penetrate deeply into the fabric of doing theology and deserves to be read, especially by students who have teachers […]

Franke’s Character of Theology 5

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This fifth installment of Franke’s Character of Theology deals with the second half of chapter 4: The Task of Theology. A brief on the second half of chp 4 Franke surveys how Scripture and tradition relate, and proposes three models […]

Old Poll, New Poll

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The Confessions of St. Augustine has won. I must admit I’m surprised by this, mostly because I wasn’t aware that many had read it. I read it deeply in college, found the last few chapter boring beyond boring. Two or […]

Franke’s Character of Theology 4

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John Franke deconstructed me yesterday in an e-mail. He said he likes my idea of “purple” theology, but he figured out why and it is related, so he thinks, to my bias: he suggests it is the color of the […]

Luncheon today

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My good friend, and both excellent evangelist and author, Garry Poole, invited me to a luncheon with Brian McLaren.

Franke’s Character of Theology 3

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In this third post in a series on Franke’s understanding of what theology is, we will look at what he says about the nature of theology. (By the way, Baker puts too many words on a page.) Franke, many will […]

Franke’s Character of Theology 2

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Franke’s Character of Theology, which I began here, turns in the second chapter to the Subject of Theology. The book is written for seminary students and academics. A Brief of the second chapter In essence (no pun here), the Subject […]

Franke’s Character of Theology

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John Franke’s new book, The Character of Theology: An Introduction to Its Nature, Task, and Purpose, promises to be a study of theology that will enable (what I have elsewhere called) a purple theology. In other words, it is postconservative […]

Purple Theology is Wisdom

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The term “theology,” or even worse “systematic theology,” have bad names among Old and New Testament specialists. The primary reason for this is bad manners: these sorts of scholars intend to be specialists in history and exegesis and don’t want […]

Back from Civitas Lectures

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We’re back from Grand Rapids and the Civitas Lectures at Cornerstone University on After Evangelicalism. I heard some nice panel sessions, had lunch with Kris and Jim Kinney of Baker (where I heard the story of how they are bringing […]

South Haven

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Kris and I spent the night in South Haven, are heading for breakfast, and then up to Grand Rapids for the conference on Post Evangelicalism. I wish we could have heard Bob Webber last night, but we avoided the traffic […]

Purple Theology: Scripture and its Unity

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For a long time I have pondered blogging about Scripture. Of late I have been thinking this question: “What constitutes the unity of Scripture?” Let me provide, in this post, a brief taxonomy of the options and in so doing […]

Purple Theology: Ecclesiology

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What E.B. White, that great writer called the big syllable, can be seen in what Purple Theology will see in ecclesiology. If we are to move beyond the ageless denominational bickering so typical of the Church, we will have to […]

Missional vs. Traditional

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If you haven’t seen Tall Skinny Kiwi’s charts, do so. There are worth thinking about. No chart says it all, but these two say things that need to be said.

Emerging Theology is Purple Theology

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The recent interview of Brian McLaren in Sojourners made a slight plea for purple politics — neither red nor blue but purple. I have for a long time talked about how theology in the 80s became Reaganology, and by that […]

Jesus on Being Missional 13

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In this last in a (and Kris would say too) long (of a) series on how Jesus would understand being missional, I want to look at what is perhaps the most profound of all the ideas mentioned in Matthew 9:35-11:1. […]

Jesus on Being Missional 12

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Full-scale missional work, as we see in Matthew 10:37-39, moves from love to sacrifice. He who loves anyone more than me, Jesus says, is not worthy of me. Anyone is clear, and a very forceful. But…

Jesus on Being Missional 11

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Missional work can be divisive. It doesn’t have to be, often it is not, but sometimes it is. One of Jesus’ harder and harsher words is this: “Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth — […]

Pagitt on Preaching 3

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Scot: I like Doug Pagitt’s idea of “implicating” the audience in the text and sermon. That is, he argues that “application” is an insufficient term to describe the full intention of what the Bible wants from us as we hear […]

Emerging Movement and Postmodernism

posted by xscot mcknight

Bob Robinson, over at Vanguard, has a very nice introduction to how evangelicals are responding to postmodernism. It is a preface in a series he is doing. The discussion is too important to drop.

Pagitt on Preaching 2

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This is the second post by Brad Boydston and me on Pagitt’s new book on preaching. Scot: Doug Pagitt’s new book, Preaching Re-imagined, suggests that we compare two kinds of preaching: “speaching” and “progressional dialogue.” He sees big problems with […]

Women Bloggers

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Brother Maynard has done his best to come up with a not-to-be-continually- updated list of women bloggers, and it is worth checking out each site.

Jesus on Being Missional 4

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One of those sayings with a funny name, “The Prohibition of Foreign Missions by Jesus,” comes from Matthew 10:5-6. Jesus here tells his followers to concentrate on the “lost sheep” of the house of Israel and not go off to […]

Emergent — Malaysian style!

posted by xscot mcknight

I must tell three people a week that the emerging movement/conversation is too diverse to classify, but I continue to hear stereotypes — one recently by a professor who has absorbed the stereotypes as his own judgment. So, if you’d […]

Emergence and Scripture

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It is only 2005 and I am willing to stick my neck out and announce the best book on Scripture for the new century. Kevin Vanhoozer, The Drama of Doctrine, has captured the modern discussions about propositionalist, expressivist, and the […]

Covenant Companion: Emerging Discussions

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Covenant Companion, at this place, has an interview with Brian McLaren by Stan Friedman, and will soon be doing a piece I’ve written on the Emerging movement.

Generous (evangelical) Orthodoxy: Trust the Spirit

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In this our last post on a generous orthodoxy that can genuinely shape a fourth way, I want to look at a basic premise of the younger generation and a premise that many of my generation find difficult to handle. […]

Generous (evangelical) Orthodoxy: Conversational

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A genuine generous orthodoxy is conversational in style and in relationships. Conversation transcends everything we are and do. If we define “conversation” properly, it moves beyond “chatting” to become central to who we are and what we are aboutl. Orthodoxy […]

5 “Ls” in Missional Love

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I’ve mentioned this in a previous blog or two, and I’ve had enough conversations with pastors and others who’d like a brief listing of this, that I’ve decided to make a separate post of it so it will be more […]

Generous (evangelical) Orthodoxy: Cultural

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This series on Generous Orthodoxy, which I think remains an evangelical movement until it can find a genuine fourth way, I have looked at a number of features that may provide a basis for conversation as we look into the […]

Generous (evangelical) Orthodoxy: Eschaton and Back

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This post will be the most radical I will present on generous (evangelical) orthodoxy. The best of Christian theology begins at the End, at the Eschaton, when God wraps all of history up. And this means that the best understandings […]

Generous (evangelical) orthodoxy: catholic

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When I was in seminary, one of my teachers was asked “What kind of evangelical are you?” and he said, “I am a C.S. Lewis kind of evangelical?” To which he was asked yet another, “What kind is that?” and […]

Generous (evangelical) Orthodoxy: Creedal

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One of the more provocative books I’ve read from the Emergents is Doug Pagitt’s Church Re-imagined (aka, Reimagining Spiritual Formation). Within the pages of that book Pagitt discusses how Solomon’s Porch deals with the creeds because, as Pagitt informs us, […]

Thank You Brian

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Many of us have now read all three installments of Brian’s story of his life, his ministry, his heart, and his writings. All I want to say is this. Brian, I am grateful for what you have done to me […]

Generous (evangelical) Orthodoxy: Community

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The community focus of generous orthodoxy begins with a vibrant non-Puritanism. Puritanism was the attempt by some to “purify” the Anglican Church of unbelievers and the unorthodox and questioning and struggling, and has been one of the many movements in […]

Generous (evangelical) Orthodoxy: Jesus

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Is there a possibility for a Fourth Way for the Emerging Church? A way that lives in the story of the entire Church, including the Eastern Orthodox tradition and the Western Roman Catholic tradition, as well as the Protestant tradition, […]

Generous (evangelical) Orthodoxy: Kingdom

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The place to begin in mapping a generous orthodoxy is the Kingdom of God as the vision Jesus gave to us for God’s redemptive work on this earth. As I said before, this map of mine is preciptiated by Brian […]

Generous (Evangelical?) Orthodoxy: Preamble

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Brian McLaren’s Generous Orthodoxy has called forth an enormous response, much of which has simply not taken the time to read the book carefully and assess it as a rhetorical wake-up call for Evangelicalism to take stock with how it […]

What is missional?

posted by xscot mcknight

Somehow I lost this blog in cyberspace, so here it is again. A very good study of what it means to be missional as found at Andrew Hamilton’s site.

Defining “Church”

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It is customary for the theologians to define the Church as a gathering where the Word is preached and the Sacraments performed. These are the two marks of the Church. My own take on the discussion is that this isn’t […]

One thing (and there are more) I like about the Emerging Christians

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Let me make a distinction again, because I’m hearing it enough and it is helping some people to see more of what is going on, it puts much of the critique into a smaller niche, and it frees us up […]

Pro Church

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In case you haven’t figured this out, I’m working my way toward an article on the Emerging movement for a magazine and so I’m testing some ideas as I move forward each day with some reading (in the time I […]

Pro Missional

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Enough of the posts on the significance of “post,” though some more will probably come to my head.The emergent movement’s strongest asset and its clear prophetic voice is around this idea: the purpose of the Church, the local church, is […]

Post Fall Theology

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I am impressed by John Franke’s essay in Myron Penner’s edited volume, Christianity and the Postmodern Turn. The literature on postmodernity is immense, but my own work in postmodern historiography and what Franke has to say overlap so much I […]

Post Bible Pietism

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I step into a minefield here and I’ll do my best to be clear and avoid silly comments. From what I can see, the emergent movement is “post” classical, Evangelical Bible pietism. Let me explain. If you grew up as […]

Post Partisanship

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I’ve done my best to avoid politics (not that I think that is a virtue), but tonight’s post will approach a political blog. First, a context. I was largely apolitical in high school and college in an era that was […]

Post Doctrinal Statements

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Jesus said in Matthew 7 that we will recognize them by their fruit, but we’ve had a hard time letting fruit be what we are all about. The emerging movement has pressed this issue to the fore by being “post” […]

“Post”modernism theses

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In a book dreamed up and edited by Myron Penner, called Christianity and the Postmodern Turn, Kevin Vanhoozer, a friend from my TEDS days and a scholar whose writings I always cherish, has proposed ten theses about postmodernism. (Incidentally, Penner’s […]

Post Meta-narrative?

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In this post on “post,” I want to look briefly — that’s what I always say to myself — at the claim by postmodernists that they have surrendered a meta-narrative. A meta-narrative is an all-encompassing explanation of all of life; […]

The Post-Evangelical “Crisis”

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Gordon Lynch, in his analytical and easy-to-read study, Losing My Religion? Moving on from Evangelical Faith, makes an observation that I wish to address briefly in this post. First, a brief introduction. Lynch is a former British Evangelical, now professor […]

Post-Certainty

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In this series of blogs on “post,” today’s post concerns what it means for postmoderns to deny certainty. On this topic I am reasonably convinced that those who are criticizing those who are denying certainty are talking right by one […]

“Post” as in Post-Evangelical

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Some in the Emerging conversation, and perhaps more than some, would call themselves “post-Evangelical.” This raises a question: In what sense are they “post” Evangelical? I will give four possible meanings, suggest that not all are using the term the […]

The Goal of the “post”

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We have been looking at the meaning of “post” in “post”-evangelical, “post”-liberal, “post”-fundamentalism, and the like. Today I want to explore with you the significance of looking at this term “post” in the context of the telos, or goal, of […]

The Foundation of being “Post”

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This morning does not permit a lengthy post, but I will combine today’s idea with today’s particular vocation, of “performing the gospel” with the “Lord’s Day.” I’m also struggling with my son’s Safari browser as it does not appear to […]

A Post on “post-” in the Emerging conversation

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When the emerging generation of Christian thinkers and leaders claims that it is “post-evangelical” and “post-modern” and “post-liberal” and “post-fundamentalist,” in fact “post” a lot of things, it means among other things the following: First, it does not necessarily mean […]

Back to Emergent … and an Emergent Line

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In one day I was asked to write two articles on the Emergent movement, give one TV interview, and then to lend a hand to something that was being written. All because of Tall Skinny Kiwi, I told myself, and […]

Are you Emergent or something else?

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Here’s a test that attempts to help you figure it out.

Protestants, Individualism, and Emergent concerns with the Great Traditions

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Robert Bellah is not the only social historian who has observed that Protestantism and individualism are related — and some have contended that the former gave rise to the latter, making America a “Protestant nation.” Andrew Delbanco’s The Real American […]

Via negativa and Emergent rhetoric

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Theologians at least since Luther, who was developing the rhetoric of Nicolas of Cusa, have often used what is called the via negativa. In essence, the via negativa is to describe something (say the Emergent movement) by saying what is […]

Emergent Reaction

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I have been asked maybe fifty times in the last month this question: “What is driving the Emergent movement?” “Who am I,” I come back at ’em, “to answer that question?” But then like a truck in wet sand, I […]

Emergence: How so Ecumenical?

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If we define “ecumenical” in the classical sense, that is, as the attempt by a variety of major church denominations to become “one” in theology and, by that theological unity, to move steps closer toward structural unity with a goal […]

Emergence and the Sacraments

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I have no wish here to describe or evaluate what various Emergence churches are saying and doing and thinking about when it comes to the Sacraments, which for most Protestants has always been limited to Baptism and the Lord’s Supper […]

Emergent Style? The Essay Form

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An interesting discussion for me is whether or not to call this Emergent “thing” a “church” or a “movement” or a “conversation.” Let me weigh in with these thoughts, and then suggest what I think is the quintessential literary form […]

Missional

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No word is more used among the Emergent folk than the word “missional,” so I’ll use it too. Some of these churches will chuck an occasional Sunday gathering to “do something for others.” In so carrying its missional emphasis, a […]

Democratic and Dialogical

posted by xscot mcknight

No, this is not about American politics: the Emergent movement, in many of its local shapes and variations, often (though not uniform) will have a sense that the Church is a body and that it only functions best when it […]

Holism and Creativity

posted by xscot mcknight

This generation of Christians, for a vareity of reasons, including an awareness of the social and physical sciences, contends that the gospel addresses the “whole” of the human condition — heart, soul, mind, body, community, society, and environment. One of […]

Particular and Local

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One of the most important elements of the Emergent movement, an element that DA Carson unfortunately didn’t address, is that many of these folks think the gospel has to be worked out at a local level and in a particular […]

Biblical and Spiritual

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One of the biggest surprises I had in reading Doug Pagitt’s Reimagining Spiritual Formation was the emphasis at Solomon’s Porch on Scripture and on Spirit, even if for some there may be some blurry edges for those who come at […]

One of the most interesting

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Preface

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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

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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

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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?

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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?

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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, […]

Over-reactions

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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 […]

Subjects and Objects and Knowing Objects

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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, […]

Self-analysis

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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 […]

Particular realities

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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 […]

Permeable walls abounding

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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 […]

Great Traditions

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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 […]

Brian, What do you really mean?

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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 […]

What do we preach?

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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 […]

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