The Evolving Church Confernce at Tyndale just happended.
-Darryl Dash has the skinny and notes on the speakers - Chris Seay, Brian McLaren, Don Miller.
- Tyndale Professor Craig Carter has yet to blog his experience but it should be a balanced view.
- Paul Martin presented a paper on "The Emergent Church" - which has me a little worried because I am not sure how much of the emerging church he has eye-witnessed. Hopefully it will NOT be limited to a guided tour of the Zondervan/Baker World of Emergent Authors And Their Published Writings but will include an examination of what is happening on the ground. Darryl assures us it will be fair and critical, and Paul is gracious enough to blog it piece by piece at a new site - Examining Emergent - for response and adjustment.
Resonate ECHO was a smaller meeting at Richview Baptist Church. Brian M. spoke to 50 people. Tim Challies's post Boldness is Our Birthright drew a lot of discussion yesterday in the blogosphere from both "sides". I am waiting to hear the audio so i can judge for myself. Ridgeview will post audio soon on their site. BoarsHeadTavern are discussing it.
Regarding the lengthy and numerous comments on Challies blog, I thought Darryl Dash had the best one:
"Just got back from the same meeting as Tim. I concur that Tim is gracious and fair, and I appreciate him changing the quote about McLaren, so I hope we can put that behind us.
I think Tim does raise some valid points here, although some of them are much broader than Saturday night. The issues are:
1. the role of Scripture
2. the value of certainty
3. a biblical theology that includes all of Scripture, including Paul and Jesus
I'm with Tim in being concerned about all three things.I personally didn't hear McLaren undermine these points on Saturday night, but I think it's worth getting them on the table because they certainly are important issues, and Tim and others picked them up.
I think Reformed and emergent types have a lot to learn from each other, and I still have this pipe dream that the learning will begin soon (and that assumes there is something of value in both streams, which I am prepared to assume). Hope so."