I was recommended this video. It’s a panel hosted by some of the editors over at Chrisitanity Today. The panel members include both critics, participants, and young unassociated listeners of/to the emerging/Emergent church movement. I encourage you to watch the whole thing and not just parts, as each panelist shares a unique part of their stories at different times. It is 88 min long, so take the time if you have a strong opinion or listen to a leader who has chosen to take either a pro/against stance on the Emerging conversation:
A few questions I ask about this:
Where are the women/non white males?
What is the difference between philosophical postmodernism and cultural postmodernism?
What if the panel started with each member sharing the gospel?
What is the frustration really about? It seems to me that it all boils down to someone being personally disaffected in some way with other Christians in the past.
This quote was read towards the end, and I also had read the article and thought it was an awesome response (Mark Galli, CT, “On the Lasting Evangelical Survival”)
What I will do, to my dying day, is work with anyone who knows he was lost but now is found, whose Bible is worn because she repeatedly looks there for God to speak, who finds the Cross the most meaningful of symbols, for whom the Resurrection is not just a doctrine but a power, and who wants nothing more than to find new and creative ways to share the evangel of Jesus in word and deed. I’ll work with these people no matter what scholars decide to call them.
May the Lord’s will be done,