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Introduction to Why We’re Not Emergent

Not Emergent

Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be is a sturdy but cordial critique of the Emergent Conversation. It is a critique that may just prove to be the final straw that breaks an increasingly unpopular and self-contradicting camel’s back. Why we’re Not Emergent is a really good read. I highly recommended it to anyone who wants to take a closer and deeper look at the emergent church movement. Read More »

Emergent Motivational Posters

Admittedly, these few satirical posters - sponsored by the Team Pyro folk - resonate a bit with me as I reflect upon my very limited interaction online with a few (not all) emergent participants and aficionados.

Emergent Post Critical

Emergent Unity

Emergent Attitude

More emergent motivational posters can be found hosted at the Spurgeon.org web site. It’s all tongue in check, of course. Yeah, right.

Brian McLaren’s Deep Shift in NYC

I’m officially registered for the NYC stop of Brian McLaren’s Deep Shift/Everything Must Change Tour. I’m going to be hiding in the trunk of Brian’s car! Well, actually not, but he and I and a few other vagabonds are going to make a trip out of it! I honestly can’t wait. I could use a trip and some good/spiritual fun w/ brothers.

Update: I registered, but I have since canceled my part of this trip. I won’t be making it.

An Emerging Church in Lancaster City

We are planning to hold a few sacred worship services and observances for Holy Week 2008 in Lancaster City. As most of my readers know, I’m part of a young church planting team in Lancaster, PA. The plant is called Inner Metro Green. Ours is an emerging church, absolutely dedicated to simplicity and missional living in our context. We are equally focused upon Sunday morning and incarnational house churches. We are dedicated to our city and her transformation. Everyone - and we do mean everyone - is welcome to join us as we all journey and grow spiritually together. So, if you are in Lancaster, and are looking for an emerging-missional church community with whom you can share Holy Week celebrations, you are welcome to share it with us! Read More »

The Contemporary Relevance of the Anabaptist Faith 5

Anabaptism

The following commentary addresses the fifth point as advanced by Myron S. Augsburger in “The Contemporary Relevance of the Anabaptist Faith” (Brethren in Christ History and Life, August 2000), which is: “Emphasizing Kingdom Community as a Third Way in Life.” Read More »

The Contemporary Relevance of the Anabaptist Faith 4

Anabaptism

The following commentary addresses the fourth point as advanced by Myron S. Augsburger in “The Contemporary Relevance of the Anabaptist Faith” (Brethren in Christ History and Life, August 2000), which is: “Engaging the Holy Spirit as Sovereign Presence Beyond Subjective Experiences.”

I consider myself blessed to have studied for five years at a Pentecostal undergraduate college (VFCC). Valley Forge offers a Theological Studies track that is as good as any in the country. The track’s academic requirements and practical expectations are very, very serious. Students are required to have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher at the end of their Sophomore, Junior and Senior year to remain in the major. My requirements for the major included 18 credits of Biblical language, a senior research project, and time logged as a TA (Teaching Assistant). These requirements have evolved and broadened a bit since I majored (1999-2004), but they are still very, very demanding, spiritually and intellectually. Read More »

The Contemporary Relevance of the Anabaptist Faith 3

Anabaptism

The following commentary addresses the third point advanced by Myron S. Augsburger in “The Contemporary Relevance of the Anabaptist Faith” (Brethren in Christ History and Life, August 2000), which is: “Celebrating Grace as a Dynamic Relationship with the Resultant Transformation of Life.”

Augsburger writes, “For the Anabaptists a central theme was Paul’s words, “If anyone is in Christ he/she is a new creation; old things have passed away and all things have become new” (2 Cor. 5:17). The old was the life of self-centeredness transformed into a new life of Christ-centeredness. Anabaptist theology was not focused so much on freedom from guilt as on freedom in the new life in Christ (emphasis mine). Read More »

The Contemporary Relevance of the Anabaptist Faith 2

Anabaptism

The following commentary addresses the second point advanced by Myron S. Augsburger in “The Contemporary Relevance of the Anabaptist Faith” (Brethren in Christ History and Life, August 2000), which is: “Understanding of the Interpretive Significance of Progressive Revelation in God’s Word Written.”

I recently began a conversation within the core group of our young church plant about the Bible and the way we approach it. It was/is a fruitful and lively conversation, to say the least! I also think it is an invaluable conversation to have, especially as a church plant in the identity forming stages. The Bible is beyond important, obviously. Our approaches to the Bible, however, vary widely in the North American context of ours. Some of these approaches are more edifying than others. The approach advanced by Augsburger is the classic Anabaptist approach; it’s the one into which I invest much of my personal time, energy, and devotion. Read More »

The Contemporary Relevance of the Anabaptist Faith 1

Anabaptism

I’ve been reading “The Contemporary Relevance of the Anabaptist Faith,” a fantastic article from Brethren in Christ History and Life (August 2000). The author of the article is Myron S. Augsburger, an evangelical Anabaptist and Mennonite scholar. Augsburger begins the article by asking a question so many of us are still asking today, some eight years after the article was published in BIC History and Life. He writes, “In a time described as post-modern and post-denominational, we ask the question: what is the particular value in any given heritage?” Read More »

Emerging and Classic Brethren in Christ Ecclesiology

I am a devoted member of the Brethren in Christ Church. Many of you know that I was converted and baptized under the grace-laden spiritual guidance of an old, pious, and wise BIC pastor. I am now a pastor and church planter within the Brethren in Christ. The BIC is my spiritual home. I’m also conversant with the Emerging Church. The fusion of the emerging conversation and classic BIC expression works well because it’s a combination that offers plenty of opportunities for practical and relevant congruence. The Emerging Conversation resonates with very, very important aspects of classic BIC theology, expression, and praxis. Some say the Emerging Church reflects the principles and theology inherent to Anabaptist expressions of Christianity, of which the BIC is a part. I tend to agree. Read More »