Want to read a book that will make you think so hard you're head will hurt?
Confused about all of this "emergent church" stuff?
Fans and non-fans of such authors as Rob Bell, Leonard Sweet, and the "father" of the emergent church movement, Brian McLaren need to read this book! Written in a combination of deep theology and comfortable conversation (you really need to read the introduction to understand that!), "Why We're Not Emergent" could quite possibly be one of the most important theological books written today.
Let me be clear from the beginning: while I think the emergent church movement has some good and thought-provoking things to say to the church of today, I think it is more dangerous than helpful. I'm not a fan of the authors mentioned above, although I've tried very hard to "get" their books and theology.
Kevin and Ted lay out sound discussion concerning many of the "teachings" found in the emergent church. And while they briefly discuss the distinction between "emergent" and "emerging" (believe me, there's a HUGE difference), for the sake of clarity, they use the terms interchangeably.
This book isn't mean-spirited, but it is direct and filled with quotes from well-known emergent authors, as well as Scripture that refutes those teachings. Some of what is believed, or not believed in the emergent movement seems so whack, it's hard to believe that people subscribe to that teaching! (I can say that about the theology...but I do NOT say it about the authors---keep that clear, okay!)
While well meaning and well intended, this movement is seeking to undo some very Biblical truths, such as the Biblical position on sin (i.e., homosexuality), the inerrancy of Scripture (do NOT get me started!), and the importance of the virgin birth of Christ.
We DO need to be relevant, relational, and reach out more. But NOT at the expense of truth, which CAN be known and CAN be counted on (either that, or Paul lied to us through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit!).
Not every person within this movement is the same--some of my favorite authors are a part of the emergent church movement. But knowing what is true and what is false is like walking through an unmarked mine field. Kevin and Ted's book gives us a map of sorts to know where the bombs are while gleaning the good nuggets.
As I stated in the beginning, whether a fan or not of this movement (which has actually been around since the days of John Calvin, believe it or not!), you need to pick up a copy of this one and read it eyes wide open and Bible at your side.
No matter WHO writes it, if it can't stand up with Scripture, toss it OUT! The Bible is our standard, and it will stand throughout time and eternity, while books like this one are useful, but will only last as they live up to the Bible. And "Why We're Not Emergent" does stand side by side with Scripture quite well!
I'm giving "Why We're Not Emergent" six out of five bookmarks, with a tiny bottle of pain reliever as a charm...seriously, it made me think so hard my head hurt. But it was SO worth it!
To learn more, check out Kevin & Ted's website by clicking here!