For those interested in this thing called “emerging church,” wherever you might be coming from, here’s a good video as an introduction for you. Here’s the link to the video.
I encourage you, even if you find this stuff stupid drivel, meaningless chatter, or an unwise discussion for the church to be having, listen to these panel members. Tony Jones, especially in this panel discussion, has his finger on the pulse of why the “emerging conversation” matters for the church and for the world we live in.
Tony is already talking about it on his blog at Beliefnet, and I’ve posted my initial reflections in the conversation there. After you watch the video (and only IF you DO watch), I’d encourage you to join in the conversation. While I don’t agree with some significant theological positions Tony has developed, I was extremely impressed by his integrity, passion, and commitment in this panel. And Scot McKnight as well, though McKnight kept using the word “orthodox” in unwise, overly confident ways.
Panelist Kevin DeYoung, on the other hand, should be ashamed of himself and should publicly repent for his ill-advised book “Why we’re not Emergent” and perpetuating in his public persona the oversimplistic, demonized image of the emerging church conversation that evangelicals carry. I don’t expect him to, though, because he’s getting plenty of backslaps in the conservative evangelical community for it. A community, I should add, that loves drawing huge generalizations and massive stereotypes of people unlike them. In other words, a community perpetuating unwise distinctions that lead to masses of evangelicals being unwise stereotypers. And when they engage in that sort of behavior, that lack of wisdom obscures some of their solid, Biblical teachings that our culture needs to hear and see lived out.