Category Archives: Should We Be “Emerging”?

Should We Be Emerging? Conclusions

If you really understand the point of the emerging movement, you’d know why it would be so inappropriate for me to try to reach firm conclusions. The emerging churches are all about conversation and discovery — and opposed to declaring … Continue reading

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Should We Be Emerging? Politics

Well, the last element of the emerging church movement is the fact that most in the movement vote Democrat — which certainly separates them from much of evangelicalism. McKnight writes, I don’t think the Democratic Party is worth a hoot, … Continue reading

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Should We Be Emerging? Post-Evangelicalism: In vs. Out

McKnight parts with many in the emerging movement over the exclusivity of salvation. An admittedly controversial element of post-evangelicalism is that many in the emerging movement are skeptical about the “in versus out” mentality of much of evangelicalism. Even if … Continue reading

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Should We Be Emerging? Post-evangelical: Post-systematic theology

McKnight says,  The emerging movement is a protest against much of evangelicalism as currently practiced.  He says the emerging movement is “post-systematic theology” and “in versus out.” We begin with post-systematic theology (which is just so Alexander Campbell) –

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Should We Be Emerging? Praxis Oriented: Missional

The foremost concern of the praxis stream is being missional. What does this mean? First, the emerging movement becomes missional by participating, with God, in the redemptive work of God in this world. In essence, it joins with the apostle Paul … Continue reading

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Should We Be Emerging? Praxis Oriented: Orthopraxy

  A notable emphasis of the emerging movement is orthopraxy, that is, right living. The contention is that how a person lives is more important thanwhat he or she believes. Many will immediately claim that we need both or that orthopraxy flows … Continue reading

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Should We Be Emerging? Praxis Oriented: Worship

“Praxis” is the technical term for how we actually live our theology. We could say “practice” just as well. “Orthopraxy” is to praxis as “orthodoxy” is to doctrine. It’s what we consider standard, proper practice. McKnight writes, At its core, … Continue reading

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Should We Be Emerging? Postmodern

McKnight writes, Living as a Christian in a postmodern context means different things to different people. Some—to borrow categories I first heard from Doug Pagitt, pastor at Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis—will minister to postmoderns, others with postmoderns, and still others as postmoderns. … The vast majority … Continue reading

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Should We Be “Emerging”? Prophetic Rhetoric

McKnight writes, One of the streams flowing into the emerging lake is prophetic rhetoric. The emerging movement is consciously and deliberately provocative. Emerging Christians believe the church needs to change, and they are beginning to live as if that change … Continue reading

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Should We Be “Emerging”?

A while back, I started a series called “Which Gospel?” I never finished it. I’ve been trying to find a shorter path to a conclusion, and I think I found it. The February 2007 issue of Christianity Today has an … Continue reading

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