November 26, 2004 | 7 Comments

I’ve had a number on conversations in the last few weeks with people regarding what it means to identify yourself as emergent and where I think I fit with that. There are lots of good things the emergent conversation has to say, and much I have learned from it. I, however, don’t particularly feel a need to call myself emergent as it is becoming defined as a movement within the church. (I am aware that emergent hasn’t desired to be considered a movement, but that seems to be happening in larger circles despite their intentions.)

Maggi Dawn had some recent thoughts about this that I think are worth pointing you toward if you are trying to sort out this whole emergening thing and where you fit. I, as she suggests, simply want to be on a journey with the Spirit in order to discover all that God is trying to do in this wonderful creation. If some of the emergent conversation is part of how the Spirit does that in me, that is wonderful, but I pray that none of us ever forgets that we can learn equally from evangelicals, catholics, agnostics, athiests, and even Oakland Raider fans.

  • davidw

    How can I learn equally what God is trying to do in this creation from atheists and oakland raiders fans?

  • Hi John, just thought I would direct to the post by Adam Cleave on a lecture given by Al Roxburgh…really ties into your thoughts I think…and really something we all need to hear.

    I’m still praying for you and Sherri…this really is an Advent for you guys. The waiting, sort of in transition, the excitement on the Horizon of the gift of a whole new journey. What ever it may turn out to be…he is faithful and trustworthy.

  • Ron,
    Thanks for pointing me in that direction and thanks for the conttinued prayers. I recall reading that post before, and it gives one lots to wrestle through.

  • Hey John…just me again. just had a look at my previous comment. It looks like in the comment box it might be missing the tail end after the… awl. there should be html. But you probably knew that. Take care.

  • The link worked just fine for me…

  • John, about learning from people of other Christian “traditions,” you made that point to me over morning coffee a few weeks ago. Since then, I have really been trying to open my eyes to these new learning experiences. It’s odd–many “postmodern” people want others to look at and consider their viewpoint, but they won’t often do that with others (this could be said for Christians as a whole, too). It has been a valuable and enriching experience looking at things from these perspectives, though; a practice everyone could benefit from.

  • Gary