Exclusive interview with Jim Belcher and Mike Erre

Here is ConversantLife's exclusive LIVE interview with Jim Belcher and Mike Erre, two of today's most innovative pastors and communicators.The guys, who had never met before this interview, talked about their recent transitions and their books.

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Everything Labeled "Emergent"

We live in a world of labels and categories.  Everything has to fit into something.  And perhaps among the widest of these categories is the one labeled, "Emergent." 

I've been told that I'm Emergent.  Sometimes I'm asked, but recently a few people have just labeled me that.  When this issue is brought to my attention I always respond with a question, "What is your definition of Emergent?"  I had one person tell me that I'm Emergent because I used the word "journey" in a message.  Another was concerned because I did an overview of a book of the Bible (Ecclesiastes) in a talk versus going verse by verse and phrase by phrase.   I've had another person assume I'm Emergent because my churches website didn't have the exact words, "Triune God" anywhere on it (as if I don't believe in a "Triune" God simply because it's not explicitly articulate on a website).

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Confessing The Sins of The Church and Why Church Is Boring


Two more great quotes from Why We Love The Church.  I wish I could post every line I've highlighted so far in this book but I think I'd probably drive you all crazy.  Just do us both a favor and read this book.  This first excerpt is from co-author Kevin DeYoung.

[In speaking of the current trend among many younger Christians of confessing the past sins of the church.]

""When a man over forty tries to repent of the sins of England and to love her enemies, " writes [C.S.] Lewis, "he is attempting something costly; for he was brought up to certain patriotic sentiments which cannot be moritified without a struggle.  But an educated man who is now in his twenties usually has no such sentiment to mortify.  In art, in literature, in politics, he has been, ever since he can remember, one of an angry and restless minority; he has drunk in almost with with his mother's milk a distrust of English statesmen and a contempt for the manners, pleasures, and enthusiasm of his less-educated fellow countrymen."

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An Emerging Pattern?

I've been listening to some online classes in preparation for seminary next year and one of the professors made an illuminating observation in the class I listened to yesterday.

He said that there seems to be a pattern throughout the history of the church that is particularly evident in the early church and around the time of the Reformation.

First, there is a synthesis between Christianity and paganism that captures the attention of the church.  In the early church this was Origen and leading up to the Reformation it was Aquinas.  

Then, because of the syncretism a heresy springs out of it.  Because of Origen's flawed view of the Trinity, that Jesus derives His being from the Father, the heresy of Arianism not only sprang up but was accepted by the vast majority of the Roman Empire.  Because of Aquinas' combination of Greek philosophy and Christian theology and elevation of natural reason to the same level as Scripture, this strengthened the Catholic belief that church tradition and scripture were equal, and what came out of that was someone and a situation like Tetzel who, on the authority of the Rome, sold indulgences (or salvation) to people - trading what is only the work of God for money.
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Hipster Church Tour: Jacob's Well

As part of the research for my book, I’ve been visiting churches all over the country over the past year—a tour of “America’s hippest churches,” you might say (though soon to expand to Europe as well). The goal is to gain a good bit of qualitative data on the subject I’m writing about, to understand firsthand how various church bodies are fitting in to this whole thing. I have stopped at dozens of churches in many states and talked with countless people, and every now and then on my blog I will describe in depth my various observations about these churches.

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Why We're Not Emergent: A Gift To The Church

I'm a little late posting about this book (it came out last year) because, well, Amazon doesn't ship to M*ngolia.  For all of 2008 I kept a running list of books I wanted to get when we came back to the States and Why We're Not Emergent (By Two Guys Who Should Be) by Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck was near the top.  I finally picked it up after Christmas and read it in about two weeks.

I really could not recommend a book more highly for my generation at this moment than this one.  Like Phil Johnson, I found myself saying "Wow.Wow.Wow." in every chapter.  
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