The Rise of the Nones

If you listen to some, the “Nones” are changing the landscape of American religion, but in listening to others — well, I was conversing with a knowledgeable person not long ago and this person had never even heard of the “Nones.” That person was in religious publishing. We need to take a good look at [Read More…]

Emerging, Version 2.0

Steve Knight has an interesting perspective on how the emergent folks and participatory church are connected. In an op-ed piece in this Sunday’s New York Times, former NPR correspondent Eric Weiner describes his feelings as he faces the holiday season as a religious “none,” as in “none of the above.” Weiner is currently “unaffiliated,” but he writes, [Read More…]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Bohannon Responds to Tony Jones

This post, by John Bohannon, is a response to the review of Tony Jones of Bohannon’s book on preaching in the emerging church. (Tony’s site here.) The Secret of the Toe Tap: A Response to Tony Jones’s Critique of Preaching and the Emerging Church Imagine, if you will, that you are given an assignment to [Read More…]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Tony Jones

This review is by one deeply involved in the subject of this book, Tony Jones. Enjoy. Imagine, if you will, that you’re writing your dissertation on left-handed hitters in baseball.  The subjects of your study have widely varied approaches to hitting, but they are all among the best in the majors: Joe Mauer, Ichiro Suzuki, [Read More…]

Selective Emergence?

This post is from Michael Kruse, and contains one of the more insightful set of observations I’ve seen about the selective appeal to emergence theory.  Here are Michael’s questions for us: So first off, is my assessment fair? If so, why don’t we find many emerging-economy libertarian types among the emerging church fold? Why do we [Read More…]

McKnight on McLaren’s New Book

Some of you have seen this review of mine at Christianity Today. I’m happy to hear your responses at this site, but I’ll only clip the opening two paragraphs from the CT piece. I like Brian, and I think Brian is a good man, and I think he said important things that we evangelicals need [Read More…]

The Living Emerging Movement

There are a number of approaches to talking about the emergent church or, as I have preferred to talk — emerging movement and emergent village/church, and the two favorite approaches are to say: it’s dead or it’s undefinable. About four years ago I was asked the “Whither Emergent?” question: Where was emerging headed?  At the [Read More…]

Generation M Manifesto

From Umair Haque… Harvard Business Publishing: Dear Old People Who Run the World,My generation would like to break up with you.Everyday, I see a widening gap in how you and we understand the world — and what we want from it. I think we have irreconcilable differences.You wanted big, fat, lazy “business.” We want small, responsive, micro-scale commerce.You turned [Read More…]

Deep Church as Third Way 8

Are there any new emerging proposals for preaching?  Jim Belcher, in Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional examines the theory of Doug Pagitt. (I blogged about that book with Doug when it came out, and since then I’ve done more thinking about his proposal.) The questions I have are these: Do you [Read More…]

Deep Church as Third Way 7

Is there a Third Way for worship?  Jim Belcher, in Deep Church: A Third Way Beyond Emerging and Traditional examines this question and contends there is a genuine third way beyond the traditional and the emerging. What is your church doing to recover the ancient worship traditions? What are first steps for discovering our roots? Jim’s [Read More…]