Over the past couple days, I’ve been interacting with some people at a blog that seems to be all about bashing anything purpose-driven, emergent, or other-than-reformed. I like to engage in these kinds of conversations sometimes because is forces me to think critically about what I believe and why and how that affects the way I live.
There’s a list of rules for posting that I have tried to follow, thought I had done so… but the last several comments I’ve posted have not been shown. It’s their website, and they can do what they want with it, but I can’t help feeling like my comments aren’t posted because I don’t agree and they don’t want to hear about it.
I’m not totally sold on everything Purpose Driven. And I don’t think everything labeled Emergent is a direct gift from God to His languishing church. (PD and emergent are two different things, by the way.) But I don’t think it’s right to label these lines of thinking as evil plots of Satan and write them off as heresy.
Let’s listen. Try to understand the heart of the people on ‘the other side’ (whatever side you may be on).
Here’s a decent description of the emergent church from Tony Myles.
Here’s a decent (and hopeful if cautious) critique of emergent from D.A. Carson.
Take a look at them and see what you think.
And on a completely unrelated note::: check out these Christmas lights!