Once upon a time, in a place far, far away, I thought I had a lot in common with those cool guys and gals who call themselves “emergent.” We both, at least, saw some of the same issues with the current state of the evangelical church, and as I mentioned in my last post, I was talking about similar ideas. Some of “them” were linking to my site, and even saying nice things about me. Brian McLaren’s publisher started sending me pre-release copies of a number of “emerging” titles and promotional materials. However, I soon grew tired of the whole emergent thing. (When I began criticizing McLaren’s theology, they stopped sending me books to review.)
Some of you who are aware of the whole emergent thing and the organization calling itself Emergent Village know that Tony Jones (also in the news for his newly announced stand that gay marriage is ok, saying, “gay persons are fully human persons and should be afforded all of the cultural and ecclesial benefits that I am.”) is no longer the National Coordinator (a decision apparently not related to his stand on gay marriage). Scot McNight and some other folks are forming some new emerging group that is apparently more emerging than Emergent. Tony Jones and Scot McNight have both moved their blogs over to Beliefnet. Some are emerging but not Emergent. Some may be heretics, but not all. It’s hard to keep track without a scorecard.
So, all that to lead in to this very funny video that explains it all: