The great Modern experiment has failed: from its ashes, a new generation is trying to piece together a new future. They are trying to glue together the fragments of Modernity with a shift from intellect to emotion, and an optimism grounded on nothing more than human arrogance, and the belief – already so many times contradicted and defeated in previous generations – that humanity is evolving, and growing better day by day.
Mark begins where so many popular books (especially those of an Emergent bent) begin: Mark was frustrated. He felt "stuck." .... So far, Buchanan sounds much like a typical Emergent writer (although he was writing too early to really be a part of that craze). However, unlike so much Emergent mush of today Mark does not point the finger at "the institutional church," at an insufficiently global vision, at traditionalism, or, in short, at any other human failing in others. He goes much deeper, and cuts to the heart of the issue: the problem is a god who is too safe.
I am referring to he second-last chapter in Mark Driscoll's recent book "Religion Saves and Nine Other Misconceptions." This book covers nine hot questions which Driscoll faced in his pastoring ministry. For February only, this book is free off of christianaudio.com. After this time, the content of this book will still be available from Mark Driscoll's podcast. (Look for a grouping of sermons with the same name.) His chapter on the Emergent movement...well, it just seems to say all that can be said about it! You can also watch a seven-minute summary of his thoughts on Emergent on YouTube.
The task of an apologist is to preach the gospel in a way that makes sense to a particular culture. ....They must work to understand the culture well enough to build a bridge from there to the gospel: it is here, however, that the problem occurs. Some become so consumed with the intricacies of building the bridge on the side of culture that they never make the leap, and start building towards Christ. The result is a church founded on culture, which holds itself up in opposition to Christ. This act is the great act of treason which apologists have made time and again in history!
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