What is the Emerging Church? Full Text.

Critiques of the emerging church don’t get much better than this. Scot’s talk last weekend at Westminster Theological Seminary is now available. You can get the PDF from Mark at Sacred Journey. Scot’s comments on the conference are blogged [thanks joe]

Can I make a suggestion? Let Mark be the guardian of the Full text PDF (holy grail style). Point to him and his PDF link but don’t upload the file yourself. That will make it easy for Scot to manage it over the long haul or do a recall or edit . . . or add some more nice things to say about me. Thanks. This is probably a good practice anyway.

Snippet: "Here’s my point: if you narrow the emerging movement to Emergent  Village, and especially to the postmodernist impulse therein, you can  probably dismiss this movement as a small fissure in the evangelical  movement. But, if you are serious enough to contemplate major trends in  the Church today, at an international level, and if you define emerging as  many of us do – in missional, or ecclesiological terms, rather than  epistemological ones – then you will learn quickly enough that there is a  giant elephant in the middle of the Church’s living room. It is the emerging  church movement and it is a definite threat to traditional evangelical ecclesiology."  Scot McKnight

Related: Reformation 1: Scot McKnight at Westminster

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Andrew Jones launched his first internet space in 1997 and has been teaching on related issues for the past 20 years. He travels all the time but lives between Wellington, San Francisco and a hobbit home in Prague.


  • andrew, I thought scot’s talk was very significant and I hope that WTS puts up audio of all the talks from this conference. scot let me know that he’s going to be posting the full-text from the talk at his own site, though I also linked to the PDF yesterday. I’m encouraging Scot to submit something along these lines to Christianity Today.

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    Looking forward to reading this paper by Scot McKnight (snippet from TSK): Heres my point: if you narrow the emerging…

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  • I’m in conversation with CT about this piece right now; if they wish to let me write a smaller version, then I will notify Mark and ask folks to take it down from their sites.
    TSK — thanks again for your leadership and encouragement.

  • or add some more nice things to say about me. Thanks. This is probably a good practice anyway.
    I like someone who is honest… I appreciate your blog and the things you write in it!
    Seriously, it is a good idea to have links to the key documents rather than multiple versions floating around.
    Good suggestion,

  • Joe Kennedy says:

    Hey, thanks to you, Andrew.

  • hey scot, that’s great news!

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