…but nobody has answered a question I asked in a post earlier this week and I wonder if it got lost in the shuffle. Just in case, I will ask again:
Can somebody please explain to me what the emerging/emergent church is/are? I have tried to read up on it and for the life of me, I don’t get what these cats are about. I get some of what Brian McLaren is saying, but I have not picked up his latest book on principle, mainly because every time somebody talks about “change” I get a little skeptical; not because I am against change but because I don’t necessarily believe it to be the cure-all that it is advertised to be. The appeal of Rob Bell’s writing escapes me completely.
I tried to read up on the movement on the web, but the quote below pretty much illustrates the point at which I start getting confused.
New Lights (those who embody a new way of thinking within a spiritual awakening) offer up themselves as the cosmions of a mind-of-Christ consciousness (a well ordered thing that has the character of Christ). As a cosmion incarnating the cells of a new body (our contemporary time period), New Lights will function as transitional vessels through which transforming energy can renew the divine image in the world, moving postmoderns from one state of embodiment to another. — Leonard Sweet
In a word, what?! I am asking this in all sincerity; I can’t really form an opinion on any of this until I understand it. So I am putting it to you brothers and sisters who are more knowledgeable of such things, help me get a grip on this.