After three years on the top shelf, I have decided to bring an early, raw and somewhat controversial section of my blog to light in a free e-book form...
Many Emergent folks like to position themselves as a Luther for a new age. Brian Maclaren is almost explicit on this point. But Luther went toe-to-toe with his detractors. Emergents cower in a corner and cry "bully!" or "witch-hunter!!" when opposed...
In Emergent, we talked a lot about « deconstructing » everything. Except our own preconceptions or beliefs. Time to switch that around.
In 2008 I plunged head-first into the « emergent church. » Some details on why I did, and how that worked out for me.
There is nothing more exciting for a researcher than finding that someone they respect greatly has come to the exact same conclusions, while researching independently. For this reason, I almost […]
What is your experience? Do you think the Emergent movement is the "wave of the future" or the "next evolutionary step for Western Christianity," or is it already phasing out?
What Do Homosexuality, Women in the Church & Home, Fornication, Divorce & Remarriage, Emergent & Hell All Have In Common?
There are some things in life which are not important until they are essential. One of these things is insurance. Another is a parachute. Another is a life raft. In ministry, one of these things is knowing where you stand on a hot-button topic. I am convinced that the time to form an opinion is NOT half-way through a ministry posting, when a hot-button topic suddenly surfaces and threatens to wound hearts, destroy relationships, squelch spiritual life and tear the ministry asunder. This is absolutely not the time to be caught flat-footed, with no research and completely oblivious to the nuances and complexities on a certain topic. When you formulate an opinion before entering a ministry posting, one has leisure to study it fully and come to one's beliefs in an honest and unbiased manner. In the heat of the moment, however, one has neither leisure nor objectivity. Most importantly, the decision becomes a deeply personal event: now you are not just making up your mind, but potentially condemning the actions of vulnerable, hurting peoples. This is the stuff of church-splits and scandal.