I’m going to brush this post up (I hope) in the next day or two).
Some of you know that I have been in the fringes of what has been dubbed the “Emergent Church movement.” The church we currently attend is generally labelled as such also. Like any “movement” there is quite a bit of diversity. In short, emerging churches are typically labelled as “Gen-X” by marketing type people and usually are reacting against the excesses of the “Boomer” mega-church, with its slick marketing, slick services, watered-down user-friendly gospel, and consumer appeal. Of course I’m painting in broad brush strokes here. (There’s a book by Robert Weber called The Younger Evangelicals that dives into this if you’re interested (some of what he talks about is good, other parts are not).
Anyway, here’s a link to an article that appeared recently in the New York Times.
I’m going to return to offer some thoughts about this movement, some positive and some negative.