Charles Colson Takes Another Shot

I just love how Charles Colson keeps bouncing back with more articles on the same thing, each time getting closer and closer. It's a life sentence to habitually write these articles and a true act of loving God. What perseverance! The man is certainly born again.

A recent Colson article called Soothing Ourselves to Death inspired me to write Reclusing Ourselves to Death? And a much earlier Colson article called Postmodern Crackup had me write 3 responses to his thoughts: The Official Response [for the suits], The Intuitive Response [for the poets] and my personal favorite, The Cheesy Response, an inconceivable blog post which, despite never mentioning The Princess Bride is nonetheless 'mostly dead'.


But Colson's newest is Emerging Confusion and, although tempted to bite the bait, I am retiring from responding to any more Colson's articles – seeing no fruit from these blog posts apart from relieving myself of built-up pressure and having them ignored by Christianity Today who link to every respondent and their dog except for me. Maybe if i removed the humor . . .


And anyway, I am somewhat relieved that Chuck uses the word "some" emerging churches because that tells me he has run into other emerging churches that don't fit the mold given to us by the media. I wish Colson's "Jim" was a real person so we could deal with him in an intelligent manner but at least he uses a real scholar (Stanley Fish), making it easy for Tony Jones to jump in and sort out the chaff from the wheat.

Maybe Dr Fish was the scholar that D.A. Carson was referring to when he got emotional and blurted out . . .
Or . . wait . . was that "Damn all FALSE ANTITHESES to hell?"
I can't remember.
Len says that we need to resort to authority as well as reason. And as Phil Johnson says in response to Colsons article, "One can be involved in contextual missions in urban postmodernity and be committed to articulating a biblically robust faith."

Update: Charles Colson passed away April 21, 2012. I will miss our banter. Much respect to this great man. My thoughts on our conversations here.

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  • Christianity Today has missed out…
    Great graphics, Andrew, don’t take away the humor…don’t sell-out to the publishing monsters. Haha

  • TRUTH???
    “I do not think that word means what you think it means.”

  • Colson: “Emerging”
    Montoya: “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means”

  • The Princess Bride stuff was probably the most brilliant thing you’ve ever written. It was amazing. Thanks for linking back to that.

  • Thanks Marc, I’m a little sloopy on my Princess Bride memorization.
    I’m probably even worse at quoting scripture . . .
    Is that part of the emergent mystique?

  • This is one question and may not merit being placed on the web:
    Within Emergent is everything, I mean absolutley everything up for a dialogue on slavery, incest, murder, and if not, who within emergent decides what is worthy of dialogue and what is their criterion?

  • Emergent Village USA or the Emergent Community in the UK? It seems that everything is open season.
    For me, it is like walking into a very dark room and trying to find the wall and then the light switch.
    Trying to get a sense how far back the decontruction goes to get an understanding for the context of the dialogue.
    Could a church that thought slavery was a historical and contextual construct for the early church and maybe slavery was possibly acceptable in certain situations today?

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