So the day before Kathy and I went on our mini-cation, I received a box of books I had ordered. The First one that I picked up was Listening to the Beliefs of the Emerging Church. I have read releases from all of the contributors except Karen Ward, so I was interested to see how this whole thing would come together.
I think one of the most misunderstoood things about the emerging church movement is that there is a broad range of people who hold different theological positions from very conservative to very liberal. And this book does a great job of bringing people from the whole spectrum to talk about three hot issues, The Trinity, Scriptures and the Atonement.
Driscoll from Mars Hill is one the conservative side of things, Dan Kimball is the middle of the road, and then Karen Ward rounds out the more liberal side of the spectrum.
Each Contribution was very well written, the one person who really didn’t follow the guidlines was Doug Pagitt, who didn’t real say anything about the three topic, but he wrote very well about transformations in the church.
This is a great book, and if you are looking for a resource to help you make sense off the different camps in this whole emerging/emergent conversation then this is a great place to start.