The Emergent conversation is coming to an end because people eventually get tired of just talking,
the fact is that those of us in the ECM have spent a lot more time doing than talking. To push that even further, why that dichotomy? When TSK travels Europe and talks to folks about starting new, off-the-grid Christian communities, is he “just talking”? Am I, when I write a book or a blog post or give a talk somewhere? Of course not. Talking is actually doing, so let’s all stop using this tired trope, okay?
And secondly, is the ECM becoming “less offensive”? Let me shake my Magic Eight Ball. Mine reads, “Outlook not so good.” If my personal and anecdotal experience is any guide, the ECM is more offensive than ever. In the States, the Evangelical Intelligentsia has determined that emergent leaders are not true evangelicals, leaving pastors like Dan Kimball and Bob Hyatt to choose between evangelicalism the ECM. Personally, I have been disinvited from three speaking engagements this year, and one that I’ve got coming up in 2010 was moved off of a college campus and into a nearby hotel because of my presence at the event.
Be sure to read it all – good response from Tony and subsequent conversation with Andrew.