Friday, March 28, 2008

Emergent goes niche

From the Emergent Village Weblog:

"people from many different streams of Christianity started finding some inspiration, hope, and community through Emergent Village—and then they started to find each other. . .All of this has resulted in a number of hybrid groups:

- Luthermergent (Lutheran)
- Methomergent (Methodist)
- Presybymergent (I think you can guess. . .)
- Reformergent (Reformed)
- Submergent (anabaptist)
- Anglimergent (Anglican/Episcopal)
- AGmergent (Assemblies of God)

{end quote}

Not being a person who particularly likes labels, part of me wants to find all this a little troubling. One of the things I've liked about the emergent movement is its ability to cross denominational lines. This all seems to only standardize those lines a bit. And, as you're well aware, I think branding is antithetical to the Gospel, yet all too often Christians get more excited about the brand than they do the Gospel. They run off to retreats and become Purpose-Driven men who are Wild at Heart about their Captivating Women, and their children all Acquire the Fire and become Radically Saved!

The danger, of course, is that people just become excited about the labels and shiny attachments, without ever dealing with the heart of the matter.

All that being said, the emergent village folks find it exciting, and I'm trying to not be too curmudgeonly in my old age, so I'll end the negativity there. Perhaps some good conversations can come out of all this, after all, so long as the Presbys and AGs and Anglicans keep talking to each other about the heart issues, and not just remain in their camps with a new label to set them over/against all the old-fashioned Presbys and AGs and Anglicans.

Finally, anybody have the link to the Covmergent cohort?

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