DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 8

The final chapter of DA Carson’s book is a biblical meditation on Truth and Experience, and largely a gentle, but well-informed, commentary on 2 Peter 1. Here’s his opening line: “A good deal of the discussion of this book could be recast as a debate between the claims of truth and the claims of experience” [Read More...]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 7

This chapter is easier to cover because of the nature of the chapter: Chapter 7 of DA Carson’s book tones down the rhetoric. DA Carson is a biblical theologian (shaped as he is by the Reformers and esp the Calvinistic Baptist tradition, and now an Evangelical Free Church leader), but whatever you want to say [Read More...]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 6

No one who reads Brian McLaren or who finds him to be a significant theologian can afford not to read the seventh chapter of DA Carson’s book. Here’s what I mean: if DA Carson is right, McLaren’s book is seriously problematic and not just in a pedantic or miniscule way: if DA Carson is right, [Read More...]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 5

We now turn to chapter 5 of DA Carson’s book on the Emerging church. Patient listening is required, and that means patient sorting out of his argument and points, if we are to hear what is being said. I make no apologize for trotting out his case for the simple reason that we have to [Read More...]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 4

In this fourth part of discussing DA Carson’s new book on the Emergent movement, I will consider a chapter on “Personal Reflections on PM’s contribution and challenges” (PM=Postmodernism). He begins with Premodern epistemology (reducing the postmodernity to an epistemology, which has its own problems, especially when it comes to explaining the Emergent Movement as a [Read More...]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 3

In this third installment of DA Carson’s important new book, Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church, we will briefly summarize and ask questions of his third chapter, a chapter on how well (or how well not) the Emergent leaders understand contemporary culture. Let me emphasize again that DA Carson opens with comments on the diversity [Read More...]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement, Part 2

I didn’t think I’d get to a second part until tomorrow, but I just got the book for review, so here we go. In this second installment we will look briefly at what DA Carson says positively about the Emergent movement. I am sad to say that I’ve seen some bloggers jump on his case [Read More...]

DA Carson and the Emergent Movement

As I told Andrew Jones in my blog at his site, I am a former colleague of DA Carson’s at TEDS; I had the office next to his for years; he is my friend; I consider him an expert; I do not have the book but I am in contact with those who know what [Read More...]

Hero Mama

One of the more than 58,000 (count ‘em) names on the War Memorial to the Vietnam Veterans in Washington, D.C., is Barry Armstrong. We weren’t close, but we did play sandlot baseball together at the Little League field in Read Park in Freeport, Illinois. Boys who play pick-up games together are forever joined and so, [Read More...]


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