The "emerging church" movement has generated a large amount of excitement and currently exerts an astonishingly broad influence within contemporary churches. Is it the wave of the future or a passing fancy? Who are the leaders and what are they saying? These questions signal that the time has come for a mature assessment by a respected Christian scholar. In Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church, D. A. Carson gives both a perceptive introduction to the emerging church movement for those who may be unfamiliar with it, as well as a skillful assessment of its theological views. Carson addresses some troubling weaknesses of the movement frankly and thoughtfully, while at the same time, recognizing that it has important things to say to the rest of Christianity. Carson's treatment shows how we must not only interact with a fast-changing culture, but also how we must have our vision and practice of ministry shaped by biblical theology with Scripture as our norm.
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Review 1 for Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications
Date:June 5, 2010
Bought this book with the understanding that it was one of the best books out on the Emergent Church. Carson has great understanding and deals with the movement on it's intelluctual level. The reviews of McLaren and Chalk are insightful. Disappointed that he did not deal with Emergent Village, Leadership Network and Neo-facism. All in all, it is a good book for those who want more insight to deal with the "conversation".
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Review 2 for Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications
Date:December 22, 2009
One of the few books I have ever purchased from C.B.D. that I could not finish. Seemed to be an apologetic for the Emergent Church. An excellent book by way of recommendation is "Their God Is Too Small" by Bruce Ware, also at C.B.D. If you have not already purchased this book, please don't waste your money. If you have already purchased this book, please don't waste your time.
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Review 3 for Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications
Date:May 2, 2008
D.A. has become one of my favorite authors and this book is one of the reasons. He is very fair and even handed, he admits that authenticity of worship is missing in parts of evangelicalism, but scrapping our history of confessions and belief of objective truth and absolutes to embrace parts of mid-evil traditions as well as jumping head long into the pool of 'post-modernism' (as hard as it is to define) is not the answer. He clearly shows the movement to be self refuting and contradictory with their belief that absolutes don't exist but they make the absolute statement "That no one can know objective truth objectively, beside one who is omniscient". Im nearly 75% done with this book and am devouring it. Get it, it is the best handling of the 'emergent problem' that I've found.
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Review 4 for Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications
Date:September 27, 2007
Vince Oblak II
This is an excellent critique of the Emerging Church for anyone interested in the subject. As only Carson can do, he gives an overview of the movement, its leaders, and its practices. He effectively shows it to be a questionable movement, not well grounded theologically or scripturally. As one who was formerly part of this movement I find his assessment of it fair and evenhanded, honest and dead on.