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Is Postmodern Guy Detrimental to Healthy Personal Development?

The follow-up post regarding the Emergent Roadshow is in the works. The later part of my week is slow blogging, because I turn my complete attention towards my ministry responsibilities for the coming Sunday. So, the follow-up is coming, but it’ll have to wait ’till Monday afternoon. ‘Till then, read the article Brian Ross (one of my Atlantic Conference Church planting coaches) published at Ginkworld. Read More »

A Church Roadshow that Belongs in the Basement

A Roadshow Made For The Basement

A Roadshow Made For The Basement

Warning: The following is a pretty sharp critique of a contemporary movement within the church called “Emergent” (AKA Emergent Village). It’s not a pleasant critique, as I have never been fully taken with what this movement represents and peddles. I did honestly investigate it, with an open mind. I read most of the books. I even donated a few times to Emergent Village. I gave it a disciplined and discerning shot. The most recent antics of Emergent representatives has made it clear to me: Emergent is not something with which I want to be involved, nor would I want my friends to be involved with it. Thus, my public critique. The basic, evangelical Gospel, prayerfully expressed, is enough. I do not need Emergent. If you are a fan of Emergent, then do us all a favor and move on; go enjoy a flower field somewhere. This post is not for you. You will not like it! If you are one of the Emergent “Big Three,” I have a challenge for you at the conclusion of this post. So, read on. Read More »

Why We’re Not Emergent Chapter Three

Why We Are Not Emergent

The third chapter of Why We’re Not Emergent is titled Bible: Why I Love the Person and Propositions of Jesus. This chapter is a sturdy critique of the postmodern hermeneutic employed and celebrated by Emergent aficionados such as Brian McLaren, Tony Jones, and Doug Pagitt. These four men, and their many followers, have discarded traditional terms, such as: authority, infallibility, inerrancy, revelation, objective, absolute, and literal. Also discarded, along with the terms themselves, is the rich and historic theology towards which the terms point. The author of chapter three also cites the fact that postmodern emergent types also “bemoan the fact that evangelicals, as they see it, employ the Bible as an answer book, scouring it like a phone book or encyclopedia or legal constitution for rules, regulations, and timeless truths” (70). This is an interesting chapter, indeed. Read More »

Tribe Saturday Night Inquiry 06072008

Saturday Night Inquiry

Postmodern aficionados often claim that objectivity doesn’t exist. I just read the following statement on a thoroughly Postmodern/Christian blog: “…I believe in accountability, not objectivity.” The Saturday Night Inquiry question is this, and it is a three-part question: “Doesn’t it actually take a certain amount of objectivity to claim that there is no such thing as objectivity? Furthermore, how does one actually “do” accountability without objectivity and/or a set of objective standards?” And finally, I ask, “To whom exactly does one offer this sort of accountability if there is no objective reasoning involved in a choice of persons?”

Why We’re Not Emergent Chapter Two

Why We Are Not Emergent

Why We’re Not Emergent chapter two thoughts and reflections are coming a tad late because I gave my original book to a friend and I had to go find another copy! Luckily, the local Berean Bookstore has about 20+ copies stuffed into the “Church” section of their shelves. And I was worried that it would be difficult to find! I grabbed a new copy and dove into chapter two early this morning, as I spent some much needed time with my coffee. Read More »

Why We’re Not Emergent Chapter One

Not Emergent

The first chapter of Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be begins with the story of two guitarists who possess different talents and levels of musical knowledge. One is a virtuoso; the other (the author) can just get by. The virtuoso, during a conversation with the author, says regarding the music scene of which he is so engaged and knowledgeable, “In the music scene it’s really cool to search for God. It’s not very cool to find him” (32). The author goes on to write, “That line has stuck with me ever since as an apt summary not just for the world of entertainment, but for spirituality in the West. The destination matters little. The journey is the thing” (32). Read More »

The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World

Desiring God

In anticipation of a serious dive into DeYoung and Kluck’s Why We’re not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be, I snagged a copy of The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World (editors John Piper and Justin Taylor). Chapter authors include: David Wells, Voddie Bucham Jr., John Piper, D.A. Carson, Tim Keller, and Mark Driscoll. The book exists as a direct result of the 2006 Desiring God National Conference (Minneapolis) held to explore the Supremacy of Christ in our postmodern and increasingly diverse contemporary world. The conference speeches have been complied to form this volume. Read More »

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 »

Testing the Appropriation of Postmodern Epistemological Developments

Andrew publishes an awesome post/word regarding the emergent engagement of postmodernity (read it!):

I believe that Christians need to concentrate on being Christian and that far too often the emergent conversation works so hard to make “postmodern-conversant” people that it forgets that the goal of the church is to make Christian people who follow God’s spirit through the whims and follies of every changing scene, whether it be modernity, postmodernity, or whatever else comes our way. May the church today - in all its forms - have the faith to live through this blip on the cultural radar. May we simply do what the church has always been called to do - worship God, make disciples, care for the oppressed, and move beyond selfishness toward unity with God.

Abrams’ Thought Concerning Deconstruction

A quick and informative article about the life of American literary critic M.H. Abrams (includes a really short but sharp statement re: deconstruction):

Through the 1970s and 80s, he sorted through and questioned new schools of literary theory like deconstruction and theorists like Stanley Fish and Jacques Derrida, whom he found compelling but disagreed with. He adds, “I’ve been skeptical from the beginning of attempts to show that for hundreds of years people have missed the real point,” his chief quarrel with contemporary theory.