A rather inauspicious beginning this is to a season of searching "under the pews" of world religions, but the question keeps coming my way, and it is obviously hot in many Christian circles. So, my friends have pushed the topic forward.
I have been called emergent/emerging by some people. In fact, professor Adonis Vidu from Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary sends students of his class, which looks at the emerging movement to visit our church as an illustration of emergence. (Please note: I have purposely used all the cognates of "emerge" here.)
I am not sure I am one. I really think I am just a dude trying to follow Jesus, and succeeding and failing at any given moment. Somehow I ended up as a professional follower. Okay, not all that professional, because I really don't get paid enough to be a real pro. :-)
The movement has obviously garnered some criticism. So it is worth discussing whether this is warranted or not. Check out this super radically critical study series, which you can buy - if you are into this kind of stuff. Be sure to click on the video and watch it!
So first comes the question: How do you define emergent? Is it a church, or something other?
Later today and tomorrow I will be adding short video shots of some of the people from the Northshore of Boston. They come from a variety of backgrounds and have been involved in a Northshore Emergent Cohort. I did not want the theologians of the movement to define it, because they are invested in such a way as to define what they would like it to be. These were people who have been a part of it as followers, those who don't really know what it is, and those who are just trying to figure out how they fit in with God and life. They are mostly regular people, some students of theology, some pastors, not all carrying the moniker of "emergent."
But first let's banter this about. The definition may vary according to where you may live. The UK variation appears to be different from the US variation I am familiar with. Nonetheless, we will start here. What do you think Emergent is? Is it good for Christianity? or is it heretical and a satanic bane to healthy church life like the video on the link above appears to suggest?