Ed Stetzer on the Emerging Church

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Dr Stetzer has an outstanding paper on the American emerging church just released on The Journal for Baptist Theology and Ministry [Download PDF]. Well researched and worth the read. There are not many examples of Baptist emerging movements but it is still a superb effort and reflects some of the diversity of the conversation. A few quotes of mine feature in his article. If you would like to discuss them further, or have some thoughts on the article, please eave a comment below.

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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.


  • Andy Rowell says:

    Thanks for this link. I read Stetzer’s paper and the respondents. It is a fine history and assessment. Stetzer’s conclusion section on the Boundaries (pages 93-94) includes only about 3 sentences about each boundary and are thus understandably vague and underdeveloped.
    For example, here is the first one in its entirety:
    “First, one of the risks run by those in the Emergent/Emerging Church, who press
    very close to over-contextualization, appears to be an underdeveloped ecclesiology. Here,
    the concern relates to those who have an over-developed sense of the Kingdom of God,
    that in some writings all but eliminates the church. The Apostle Paul makes it clear that the
    wisdom of God will be made known through the church, not without it.”
    The first respondent J. Matthew Pinson begins to address ecclesiology.
    All in all, Stetzer has done a great job of describing the emerging church movement. Well done.
    Andy Rowell
    Doctor of Theology Student
    Duke Divinity School
    Durham, North Carolina
    Blog: http://www.andyrowell.net/

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  • Dan Wilt says:

    Keep riding that wild horse, Andrew. The bucking feels almost like a rhythm, a dance, a primal one, if you really think about it.

  • Eric Bryant says:

    Thanks for the link for this. I look forward to checking it out.

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