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The Emergent Movement

  1. 1. The Emergent Church A quick overview, and my concerns Tanner Stevenson Christian Faith 2010
  2. 2. <ul><li>Please take the time to pause the presentation and click the video links throughout. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>There is a difference between the terms “Emerging” and Emergent” </li></ul><ul><li>Key Components of Emerging: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Missional minded </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faith as journey more so than decision </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Culturally relevant </li></ul></ul>The Emerging Movement
  4. 4. The Emerging Movement <ul><li>“ A catch-all phrase for a group of pastors who are trying to figure out how to do church in a post-modern world.” -Mark Driscoll </li></ul><ul><li>Post-Modernism: this culture, many sources of truth, a lot of doubt, high emphasis on tolerance </li></ul><ul><li>Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RcbnGXSYxuI </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Emergent Church <ul><li>Out of the Emerging Movement sprung a group of pastors who spearheaded the Emergent Church </li></ul><ul><li>Incorporates post-modern thought into theology </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on the “way” of Jesus </li></ul><ul><ul><li>(Jesus is our example) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>This is where we will spend most of our time </li></ul><ul><li>Video: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =s049aMBtFAA </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Players <ul><li>Brian McLaren </li></ul><ul><li>Doug Pagitt </li></ul>Rob Bell Photo courtesy of wordpress.com Photo courtesy of Creative Trust Inc. Photo courtesy of wordpress.com
  7. 7. The Emergent Church <ul><li>Brian McLaren </li></ul><ul><li>Rob Bell </li></ul>Doug Pagitt
  8. 8. The Emergent Church <ul><li>Missionally Minded </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognized the gap between believing and doing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doctrines don’t produce fruit, the “way” of Jesus does </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seeks to contextualize gospel to post-modern culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Repaint the faith”-Rob Bell </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Video: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =Poi3imQkQsQ </li></ul><ul><li>Missionally Minded </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognized the gap between believing and doing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doctrines don’t produce fruit, the “way” of Jesus does </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seeks to contextualize gospel to post-modern culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Repaint the faith”-Rob Bell </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Video: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =Poi3imQkQsQ </li></ul><ul><li>Missionally Minded </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Recognized the gap between believing and doing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Doctrines don’t produce fruit, the “way” of Jesus does </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Seeks to contextualize gospel to post-modern culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Repaint the faith”-Rob Bell </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Video: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =Poi3imQkQsQ </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Emergent Church <ul><li>In order to appeal to post-modern culture… </li></ul><ul><li>Emergents say NO DOCTRINE </li></ul><ul><li>Doctrine is divisive and dogmatic </li></ul><ul><li>“ Systematic Theologies claim to have nailed down, freeze-dried, and shrink orthodoxy forever.” </li></ul><ul><li>– Brian McLaren, A Generous Orthodoxy </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Emergent Church <ul><li>Faith is a Journey, much more conversational </li></ul><ul><li>“ Drop any affair you may have with certainty, proof, argument—replace it with dialogue, conversation, intrigue, and search.” </li></ul><ul><li>-Brian McLaren, Adventures in Missing the Point </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Emergent Church Faith is a Journey, much more conversational Elephant Illustration: (to an extent)
  12. 12. The Emergent Church <ul><li>The 3 D’s: Doctrine=Dogma=Division </li></ul><ul><li>“ The bible is open-ended” and “a human product.” –Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis </li></ul><ul><li>“ To say scripture is the word of God is to employ a metaphor.” -David Tomlinson, The Post-Evangelical </li></ul>
  13. 13. The Emergent Church <ul><li>Doctrines that Emergents are holding loosely to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>-Virgin Birth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Reality of Traditional Hell </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-Substitutionary Atonement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Video: http:// www.youtube.com/watch?v =8SOUfsX2fbk&feature=related </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. The Emergent Church <ul><li>Concern/Criticism </li></ul><ul><li>-Bible not literally God’s word. </li></ul><ul><li>Karl Barth’: bible is “derivatively and indirectly” God’s word. </li></ul><ul><li>Rob Bell: “Our words aren’t absolutes (language of bible)” </li></ul><ul><li>D.A. Carson calls this the “gagging of God” </li></ul><ul><li>Augustine: “No single error due to the author” </li></ul><ul><li>Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gv6uxCch7oc (6:47) Pete </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>“ For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions .” 2 Tim 4:3 </li></ul>The Emergent Church
  16. 16. The Emergent Church <ul><li>trampoline Idea </li></ul>
  17. 17. The Emergent Church <ul><li>Christianity is like a trampoline </li></ul><ul><li>Doctrines are “springs” </li></ul><ul><li>The idea is that we can remove non-essential springs and still allow the person to jump </li></ul>
  18. 18. The Emergent Church <ul><li>But where do we draw the line? </li></ul><ul><li>Are the virgin birth, reality of hell, and substitutionary atonement non-essential doctrines? </li></ul>
  19. 19. The Emergent Church <ul><li>Essential Element of the emergent movement: </li></ul><ul><li>Focuses on the “way” of Jesus for right living </li></ul><ul><li>“… isn’t the way of Jesus still the best possible way to live?” –Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis </li></ul>
  20. 20. The Emergent Church <ul><li>Concern/Criticism: Doctrines Compromised </li></ul><ul><li>Reality of Hell: </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 10:28, Mark 9:48 </li></ul><ul><li>Virgin Birth: </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 1:35 </li></ul><ul><li>Substitutionary Atonement: </li></ul><ul><li>John 3:36, Romans 6:23, 1 Thess 1:7-9 </li></ul><ul><li>Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0isqLRhClo (5:07-9:17) </li></ul><ul><li>Concern/Criticism: Doctrines Compromised </li></ul><ul><li>Reality of Hell: </li></ul><ul><li>Matthew 10:28, Mark 9:48 </li></ul><ul><li>Virgin Birth: </li></ul><ul><li>Luke 1:35 </li></ul><ul><li>Substitutionary Atonement: </li></ul><ul><li>John 3:36, Romans 6:23, 1 Thess 1:7-9 </li></ul><ul><li>Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t0isqLRhClo (5:07-9:17) </li></ul>
  21. 21. The Emergent Church <ul><li>How does grace play into Emergent thought? </li></ul><ul><li>“ Could it be that grace is something to be opted out of, rather than something to be opted into?” -Spencer Burke, A Heretic’s guide to Eternity </li></ul>
  22. 22. The Emergent Church <ul><li>Main Difference </li></ul><ul><li>Emergent church: “There is no better way to live, than to emulate Jesus Christ, no matter what happened or what will happen.” </li></ul><ul><li>Reformed/Emerging: “Because of what happened (sin, alienation, atonement, resurrection), because of what will happen, I live for Christ.” </li></ul>

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