The other night I attended the “Dangers of the Emerging Church Forum” hosted by Rancho Community Church in Temecula. That’s right, Temecula, the Bible Belt of Southern California – weird; which is what peaked my curiosity to go. I invted a ton of people, including my buddy Peter, who was the only one who had the cajones to go with me. In fact he did a terrific post on his thoughts, which you should read.
Honestly, I was just stoked that something relevant to my interests was being talked about in our Valley. Here’s some bullet point thoughts from the evening:
– Some arguments over the Evangelical Manifesto.
– Post Modern’s think abstractly, mosiac, which is closer to a Hebrew thought process. Boomers think more linear, more Greek.
– Scott Treadway: Everything is based on eschatology because that is the end game; escapism vs. redemption (I really liked this discussion and plan on researching this line of thinking more). Romans 7.
I was impressed by how Scott Treadway (lead pastor of RCC) moderated the discussion & have a newfound respect for this local pastor. It seemed like a majority of the conversation was (a) explaining that emerging (or emergent) is not the devil, and (b) some of the issues/practices of some portions of the emerging movement can lead to some dangerous end game theology malpractice (I just made that up).
Am I emergent? I’m not sure yet. I love some of the discussions that have been brought up through the discussion. I do tend to be reactionary, not wanting to be a church like “that” church (whatever that church is). I tend to like new strategies, not so much ancient practices. Not so much meditation & candles, and Jesus painters. Not so much McLaren & Campollo. Not so much a commune where we all hold hands and feel God move through the wind as we smoke cigarellos. I know I’m just fueling the fire. Sorry.
But I do love what a lot of what these guys are bringing out. Being the church, opening our doors to culture, allowing people to experience God in a myriad of worship experiences, and recognizing that spiritual formation is not always a linear, step by step process.
Here’s an interesting link in case you have extra time to battle the evilness of emergent church.
So anywho – props to Pastor Treadway & RCC for dealing with this issue in a pretty honest although quick discussion.
Here’s a fun video:
By the way – you won’t be catching me in a home church anytime soon. You?