Emerging Church

The Emerging Coversation

Those in the emerging church have long said that it is more a conversation than a movement. Well, tomorrow, I will be engaging in that conversation on the Paul Edwards radio program. I talked to Paul a couple of weeks ago about Vintage’s Turned On series. Tomorrow, we are going to spend an hour talking about the emerging church. It’s funny – I hardly feel like a spokesman. I am just one guy trying to be true to my God and myself. Listen live on Paul’s website if you can. If not, I will post a link to our talk when it is up.

I Am …

I got this exercise from Richard Mouw’s book Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport that I am reading right now. What would you write?

I am a human being.
I am a Christian because I think it is the best way for me to be human.
I am a Protestant because I think it is the best way for me to be a Christian.
I am a Calvinist because I think it is the best way for me to be a Protestant.
I am Emergent because I think it is the best way for me to be a Calvinist.

Let me give some explanation.

I am a Christian because I believe that Jesus is God’s son, come to earth to live the ideal human life and to rescue me from my less-than-ideal life. In the long line of those who have entrusted their lives to Jesus and sought to live for him in community with one another, I identify myself with Protestants since things like the sufficiency God’s grace and the Bible resonate with me. Within Protestantism, I call myself a Calvinist because I am drawn to a theological presuposition of a big God who comes after me and calls me into a future he has designed. My Calvinism causes me to take my culture seriously, and so I am seeking to be Emergent, attempting to connect what I believe in a creative way to the world in which I live – as a human being.

I used to think that being a Baptist was the best way for me to be a Calvinist. And even more specifically than that, I thought that being a Regular Baptist was the best way for me to be a Baptist. But what I found was that I could not be the best Calvinist, Protestant, Christian, or human being that way. Creativity was stifled. Grace was hard to come by. Truth was too contained. Now I am someone different than I used to be.

How about you?

What Is the Emerging Church?

Here is a fantastic article by Scot McKnight about the emerging church. He argues that there are five common threads within the emerging church movement. It is … prophetic, postmodern, praxis-oriented, post-evangelical, and political. I think he hits the nail on the head.

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