Taken from "Is the 'Emerging Church' for Whites Only?"
"Further complicating the confusion is the recent notion among some in the West that the emerging church as a whole has died. For example, in January 2010, one blogger wrote an obituary for the emerging church. The obituary characterized the emerging church as having made “many advances in the Christian church, including facial hair, tattoos, fair trade coffee, candles, couches in sanctuaries, distortion pedals, Rated R movie discussions, clove cigarettes and cigars, beer, and use of Macs”—a satirical characterization that nonetheless seems to hold a grain of truth.
This obituary thing was the post by Rick Bennett and it was hilarious. He was making fun of the conversation that pointed back to a post I had made on how, after watching the emerging church movement in almost 50 countries, and pondering on the state of about 50 EC movements, made a conclusion that 2009 was the year of maturation when it was no longer a radical and controversial movement. I did not declare it to be dead.