John Bohannon Responds to My Review at Jesus Creed

John Bohannon has taken to Scot McKnight’s blog to respond to a critical review of his book that I posted there last month.  Here’s a taste:

First, why should McLaren be exempt from a work that analyzes the preaching within the Emerging Church? Yes he has retired from the full time pastorate, but does this mean that he has stopped preaching and teaching altogether? Does this mean that a historical analysis of his homiletical practices is no longer valid or that his influence has ceased? Like player cum Coach Ozzie Guillen, his change in roles did not lessen his impact on the game. If anything, it heightened it.

via Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Bohannon Responds to Tony Jones | Jesus Creed.

I think the weaknesses in his retort are obvious, and several have already been pointed out by commenters.  Therefore, I don’t plan to respond.  I will note, however, that paragraphs full of rhetorical questions are among my least favorite writing gimmicks.  Don’t you agree? ;-)

Photo in Need of a Caption

What do you suppose I was saying that had The Tickle aghast and BMac scrolling through his iPhone?

Photo by Courtney Perry

An xtranormal Test of Christian Orthodoxy

So, others are posting the pretty damn funny spoof of emergent on xtranormal, but I like this one even better.

Highlights from the Emerging Christianity Event in Fort Worth

On the same weekend that the “Outlaw Preachers” were gathering in Memphis, I was part of a very different conference in Fort Worth, Texas.  Held on the campus of Brite Divinity School (at Texas Christian University), we didn’t have nearly as many tweets at Emerging Christianity, but we did have a big room full of folks who are very interested in the Emergence of Christianity in the 21st century.  In fact, the president of the divinity school introduced the event by saying that there’s no question he’s asked more often than, “What’s the deal with the emerging church?”, a comment that jibes with Brian McLaren’s post that the talk of the ECM’s demise may be a bit premature.

The conference was organized by my friends at Life in the Trinity Ministry in Dallas.  Here are my highlights of the various talks:

Brian McLaren opened on Friday night with thoughts from his latest book, talking in particular about the various gospels that are presented to us at this point in history.  Given the six different gospels from which we have to choose, Brian said, how about we choose the one that will establish love and peace as fundamental to our faith?

I then gave some dispatches from the landscape of the emergent movement.

And Richard Rohr closed the evening with a talk in which he reflected on what he’d heard from Brian and me; particularly interesting was his take on the emergence of the Catholic church in past historical periods.

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