Hearing From the Emerging Conversation

Many are quick to point out the issues they have with the emerging church conversation. So it is refreshing when we get to read a post that doesn’t address the negative aspects of this movement. Singing to the Deaf is one such post. In it Michael Newnham gives us a list of things we need to hear from the emerging conversation.

Here is the ten items:

1. We can’t hear you when you talk at us instead of with us.

2. Jesus said go and do after we sat and listened.

3. Jesus probably wasn’t a Republican.

4. The story is a lot bigger than proof texts.

5. Most of us wrestle with some truths we’re not supposed to question.

6. There was a Christian faith before 1900.

7. The Lord didn’t give us a dress code.

8. We would actually like to see each other after the lecture.

9. Anything worth believing can stand up to questioning…and the big one…

10. Isn’t this supposed to be about the love of God and each other?

Some good discussion also, so pop over a give it a read.

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3 Responses to “Hearing From the Emerging Conversation”

  1. Jason Coker says:

    Yeah, I liked this. Michael seems very irenic in his posts.

    BTW, I don’t think I’ve mentioned this but I really love that image in your banner : )

  2. Rick Meigs says:

    The graphic is the work of Steve Erspamer, SM, who is a Marianist bother living in St. Louis, Missouri. Some years ago I was able to purchase a disk full of his stuff from the Archdiocese of Chicago: Liturgy Training Publications — http://www.ltp.org/. I use it here from time-to-time. Love the stuff.

  3. ron cole says:

    Rick, Dan Kimball reflects on some positives of the emerging church…

    http://www.dankimball.com/vintage_faith/2010/01/just-got-back-from-a-really-great-time-at-wheaton-college-i-was-there-for-a-2-day-event-put-on-by-the-christian-ethics-cente.html

    Dan as we all know was in from its embryonic origins, so I really respect his look back. Also alot of his positives are still very relevant to the conversation today.