Church in the Present Tense
Much has been written by practitioners advocating the emerging church, but confusion about the nature and beliefs of those who identify with the phenomenon still exists. Now that the movement has aged somewhat, a more rigorous, scholarly analysis is needed. ...
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Much has been written by practitioners advocating the emerging church, but confusion about the nature and beliefs of those who identify with the phenomenon still exists. Now that the movement has aged somewhat, a more rigorous, scholarly analysis is needed.
In this volume four influential authors, each an expert in his field, look at the emerging church through the lens of four areas where its postmodern sensibilities are readily on display--philosophy, theology, worship, and Bible and doctrine. This sympathetic yet critical assessment examines the roots of the movement and the impact that it has had and is having on wider traditions.
The book includes a 60-minute companion DVD that provides a background introduction to the emerging church and video clips of alternative worship services. The DVD also contains interviews with emerging church leaders and observers including Brian McLaren and Rowan Williams.
Provocative Perspectives on Emerging Conversations "This is the most complete, detailed, critically sympathetic, and totally remarkable overview I have yet seen of where Emergence Christianity presently is and appears to be going. McKnight's two essays alone are worth the price of admission."-- Phyllis Tickle, author, The Great Emergence "At root, the emerging church movement is a set of conversations about living more faithfully into the way of Jesus and the implications of this for the life and witness of Christian communities. This book offers a series of reflections from some of the best-known voices on a range of important questions. These essays extend the conversation in significant ways and make it clear that the questions stirred up are worth pursuing."-- John R. Franke, Biblical Seminary; theologian in residence, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown "Over its short history, the emerging church has both challenged and inspired the practice of church in our time. Church in the Present Tense brings together in one volume some of its finest thinkers to reflect on the theological and practical contributions of this movement. In concise and helpful essays, they lead us through the impact of 'emerging' on our views of God, salvation, Scripture, the end times, and the practice of worship. Whatever you might think of the movement, you cannot ignore its impact, and this volume won't let you!"-- David Fitch, Northern Seminary; author, The End of Evangelicalism? "Rather than retreading old ground, Church in the Present Tense looks at the still-evolving emerging church movement from new angles, and readers will be rewarded with new insights. We are in very good hands with Scot, Pete, Kevin, and Jason--they appreciate the movement, but they aren't playing Pollyanna. They're tough, smart, articulate interlocutors. I think this book will be seen as among the best interactions with the emerging church movement."-- Tony Jones, theologian in residence, Solomon's Porch, Minneapolis; author, The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier
Much has been written by practitioners advocating the emerging church phenomenon, but confusion about the nature and beliefs of those who identify with the emerging church still exists. Now that the movement has aged a bit, the time has come for a more rigorous, scholarly analysis. Here four influential authors, each an expert in his field, discuss important cultural, theological, philosophical, and biblical underpinnings and implications of the emerging church movement. Their sympathetic yet critical assessment helps readers better understand the roots of the movement and the impact that it has had and is having on wider traditions. The book includes a 60-minute companion DVD that provides a background introduction to the emerging church and video clips of alternative worship services. The DVD also contains interviews with emerging church leaders and observers, including Brian McLaren and Rowan Williams.
Peter Rollins (Ph.D., Queen's University, Belfast dealing with post-secular religious theory) is a writer, public speaker, lecturer and co-ordinator of the experimental collective Ikon (www.ikon.org.uk). Together these diverse activities ensure that I have the privilege of engaging in that difficult job of marrying activism with theory, the public square with the academy. He is the author of How (Not) to Speak of God: Marks of the Emerging Church, The Fidelity of Betrayal: Towards a Church Beyond Belief and The Orthodox Heretic and Other Impossible Tales.
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Scot McKnight (Ph.D., University of Nottingham) is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University. Prior to joining the NPU faculty in 1994, he was a professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. He has written widely on the historical Jesus, Christian spirituality, and the Emerging Church. One of McKnight's more popular books, The Jesus Creed, won the Christianity Today's book award for 2004 in the area of Christian living. McKnight's blog, JesusCreed.org, has been a popular site for Emerging Church discussion.
His other publications include: The Real Mary: Why Evangelical Christians Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus; Praying with the Church: Following Jesus Daily, Hourly, Today; Jesus and His Death: Historiography, the Historical Jesus, and Atonement Theory; Embracing Grace: A Gospel for All of Us; Turning to Jesus: The Sociology of Conversion in the Gospels; The Story of the Christ, with Philip Law; and 1 Peter and Galatians in NIV Application Commentary.
His most recent publications include The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible and James (New International Commentary on the New Testament).
Kevin J. Corcoran (Ph.D., Purdue University) is associate professor of philosophy at Calvin College, specializing in philosophy of mind, metaphysics, and philosophy of religion.
He is the author of many journal articles and the editor of Soul, Body, and Survival and author of Incurably Human; Rethinking Human Nature: A Christian Materialist Alternative to the Soul and editor and contributor to Church in the Present Tense: A Candid Look at What's Emerging
Jason Clark is the Senior/Founding Pastor of Vineyard Church, Sutton. He heads-up Emergent-UK, and has completed a doctorate (D.Min) in Leadership and Theology in the Emerging Culture with Leonard Sweet at George Fox University, USA in May 2006, graduating summa cum laude and was awarded the university's Distinguished Dissertation Award. He is continuing his research with a second doctorate (PhD) at Kings College London. He has authored +Ve Church: Emerging without losing Church
- Introduction: The Emerging Church--<i>kevin Corcoran<br></i><b>part 1: Philosophy<br></b>1. Who's Afraid Of Philosophical Realism? Taking Emerging Christianity To Task--<i>kevin Corcoran<br></i>2. The Worldly Theology Of Emerging Christianity--<i>peter Rollins<br></i><b>part 2: Theology<br></b>3. Consumer Liturgies And Their Corrosive Effects On Christian Identity--<i>jason Clark<br></i>4. Thy Kingdom Come (on Earth): An Emerging Eschatology--<i>kevin Corcoran <br></i><b>part 3: Worship<br></b>5. The Renewal Of Liturgy In The Emerging Church--<i>jason Clark<br></i>6. Transformance Art: Reconfiguring The Social Self--<i>peter Rollins<br></i><b>part 4: Bible And Doctrine<br></b>7. Scripture In The Emerging Movement--<i>scot Mcknight<br></i>8. Atonement And Gospel--<i>scot Mcknight</i>