Knee-jerk reactionism and mud-flinging are perhaps more gratifying to our carnal side. But the “immediate gratification” option is rarely the BEST option.
In any case, today I want to begin a series of posts that deal with nuanced topics in the Church. Maybe this will be my first and last post in the series. 🙂 Time will tell.
The Emerging Church
Sure. Maybe this is cheating. I’m literally posting an assignment from my Basic Principles of Theology class with Dr. Fran Monseth at the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary, where I am currently enrolled full time.
The bottom line is that I want to provide thought-provoking, biblically sound, and helpful information to those who are interested. I think many people who read my blog regularly have questions about the Emerging Church – both what it is, exactly, and why we should care. Therefore, I’ve provided a link for you to be able to download my brief examination of the Emerging Church, it’s philosophy and theological trajectory, and a biblical response (PDF). Because this is a complicated and nuanced issue, there is really no short form way to cover the topic as a blog post. The context of my studies here are conservative and apologetically Lutheran, so you can use that filter to understand my vantage point as we talk about the influence of the “emerging” or “emergent” church conversation.
I don’t claim this to be anything spectacular. It’s just a paper. But it may be helpful. So, for those who are curious, here you go…
Click here to download >> THE EMERGING CHURCH _ jskogerboe
Discussion is welcomed and encouraged in the comments below. I hope this brings some clarity and prompts you to know what you believe, and why that matters. Thanks for reading.
“of babies and bathwater (part one) :: the emerging church” by Joshua Skogerboe is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.