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May 22, 2005

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yes, thank you, I think I'll stay with the debate a little longer. at first the title "heretic" really scared me. My hubby and I are coming to grips with this whole thing, since after a year long sabatical we may be going back into full time ministry...then again we may not be ready yet...anyway to the question of are we Emergent the answer is a resounding Yes and No!!!

Mike- cussing, drinking, smoking, et al, happens as much within traditional, institutional, churches, as it does within the emerging ranks. Postmodernity supposedly promised freedom from the shackles of individualism, but hasn't delivered. The emerging church movement has an awesome opportunity to emphasize personal sacrifice over personal gratification (whatever form it may happen to take). Pockets of people 'get' this. Many seem not to. Love tempers freedom rather than flaunts it, don't you think?

On the surface level, is it possible some emergent churches "flaunt" some things because they are trying to break a stereotype that our culture has given to the protestant church. Is that necessary? And I see so many examples popping up of people choosing personal sacrifice and freedom from the individualistic attitude we inherit from modernism. From my view people are still in the trial and error stage, so it may be too soon to say it has not delivered. As those Emergent Churches that are centered on Christ survive the fires of time and pressure I think we will see more like them and less of those groups that are posing.

Faith -- you've raised some excellent points. As to whether or not it's necessary to break the old stereotypes by 'flaunting' - I guess I'm all for breaking the stereotpes,and all against flaunting. ;)

"As those Emergent Churches that are centered on Christ survive the fires of time and pressure I think we will see more like them and less of those groups that are posing." Interesting. And I think I'd have to agree. But first, I'd like to hear a little more about what you mean by "those groups that are posing." What do you mean by "posing"?

Chris- [But first, I'd like to hear a little more about what you mean by "those groups that are posing." What do you mean by "posing"?]

By posers I just mean groups that meet together claiming to be emergent churches but are really just evangelistic attempts by evangelicals looking to be cool.

The more I research the Emerging Church movement the more concerned I become about its influence within Evangelical circles. See my article at http://www.apologeticsindex.org/290-emerging-church

David

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