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Emerging Church Critics (Updated)

The Anti-Emergent blogs, and the more moderate Emergent-Critics blogs, have been far more interesting in the past week than the emerging church blogs that often inspire them. Here's some highlights:

- Carla of is not happy with Justin for buying the domain name. Justin says he wants to aggregate from many anti-emergent sites and not ban commenters in the process.

- Ingrid from Slice of Laodicia calls for the reformed church to take their stand against the Emergent Cult.

-JollyBlogger tackles Barna's book 'Revolutionaries'.

- Pyromaniac Phil is leading a conversation on modern prophecy and, as a by-product, cessation vs continuation, like this post with over 100 comments. I have been wondering lately if cessationism (miracles/sign gifts ceased with apostles) is an early form of relativism. Maybe I should ask Phil?

- Challies is strutting his site's new design, and as usual, is too balanced in anything he says to be considered Anti-Emergent. But he did write a series on Driscoll's book Radical Reformation which is worth the read, even though it is probably a little longer that Driscoll's book. Challies often aggregates the critics (Ron Gleason makes a few appearances) on his own site.

- I, yes . . me . . as Emergent's first published critic (1999) have kept some links to Emergent Critics on a site that I created for a strategic conference in Virginia this year. The one page site is called EmergAnt. It is about 6 months old and needs an update soon, but on the list you will find links to static pages like Carla on the Emergent Movement (including a good book list which should have a link to Amazon) and Deborah Dombrowski's Lighthouse Trails.

- Justin Taylor is asking "What is the Emerging Church Movement?" and, thankfully, is doing a pretty good job so far in distinuishing between Emergent Village and Emerging Church. [see Alan Hartung on this]. Also, Justin refers to the Wikipedia definition of emerging church, which I used to recommend because it was far more global and comprehensive than other definitions, especially the definition of EC on the fundie's own Theopeida which I contended was weighed and found wanting. Interestingly, Wikipedia has become more narrow and VERY AMERICAN over the past 6 months and Theopedia's definition of emerging church has opened up and is now on the way. Well done Aaron!BTW - Aaron asked my about basic theological issues and my answer to him may interest those who want to know which creeds and statements I hold to.

- The A-Team is probably the most balanced and well presented of all the sites. They havent said much since Murdock gave his Eye on Emergent last month.

- Boars Head Tavern, who are usually too reformed to be excited about emerging church's rediscovery of anything that disappeared during the reformation, are often very critical of the emerging church.[edit: mistake  . ..  ahhhhhhh . . . ahhhhhhhhh - i was confusing BHT with the other virtual pub - White Horse Inn -  aplogies to Boars Head Tavern for accusing them of being reformed and apologies to White Horse Inn for accusing them of standing up for the emerging church.] But in this case, they join the EC in speaking out against Paul Proctors charge that God killed an emerging church pastor because of his association with the emerging church. They also offer a message from God to Paul Proctor . . . "Shut up"

Some of my thoughts from a previous post called Mudslinging is Over

"And I am not saying that we should stop the discipline of examining ourselves daily or welcoming constructive criticism, but I am saying that I think a lot of us have done enough explaining and defending to feel like we are freed up again to get back to the mission of helping God reconcile all things to Himself, and not to feel dampened."

In the next week or so, I would expect to find a lot of posts defending or explaining the emerging church. Sounds like Alan Hartung is already doing this. And Brian M (from the group most criticized)has just posted a practical way to help in the midst of their persecution.