Revenge of the Emergent
So, here I go again. Once again I seemed to suprisingly grab the attention of yet another major voice in the Emergent conversation. The first time it was Tony Jones and now it is Andrew Jones (no, not the outfielder for the Braves -- does he still play for the Braves? Who cares . . . !). Andrew runs possibly the best weblog on the internet in regards to all things Emergent or even all things Christian. He is the quintessential blogger and his site is the epitome of what Blogdom success looks like. It can be accessed here: http://tallskinnykiwi.typepad.com/tallskinnykiwi/.
It seems that Bro. Andrew picked up a comment I made on Steve McCoy's Emerging SBC Leader's weblog and posted it to his site. I am going to spare you the details of what came next, but you can read it all here. Since that time I have posted my comments regarding what he wrote (which you can read here) and he responded in a humble and very thoughful way after it. He even took the time to send me an email that contained the comment. And for that I thank him.
Although I appreciate his comments, as well as those of others, I still maintain that Emergent has some flaws and that they need to be honest about them and seek to fix them (especially in the realm of what views those who seem to be the leaders in the conversation expouse). I do hope to continue discussing with them and I appreciate the fact that Andrew and Dan-D see me in a positive light. Like I said in a previous post, I was very impressed with my first encounters with the Emergent Church through Dan Kimball's book and I hold that much of their praxis is right on par with how we should be doing church. However, I agree with Pete O's position in his comments on Andrew's blog that theology does define practice. And like I said in my comments to Andrew's Emergent Heresy Test post, I hope that the theological controversies in Emergent do not drown out the real substantial critique that all Evangelical churches should hear.
Until Christ is Formed in All of Us,