Like many young children, we used to occasionally catch wild baby rabbits.
Like many mothers, my mom always said, “If you keep it, it will die.”
As children, it was difficult to understand how providing food and comfortable shelter to these wild ones would actually harm them.
Those of you who have been around for awhile know that my first blog was named Emerging Grace. I became known as emerginggrace until I switched blogs and named the new blog kingdom grace. At that point, I went through an awkward phase of being referred to as “the blogger formerly known as emerging grace.” Now I think most people just refer to me as grace, which is fine by me.
When I named the original blog, I was fairly clueless about the emerging conversation. However, the name of my blog positioned me in that conversation. It really was a very helpful place for me to be at that stage of my journey. However, after a period of time, the name of the blog implied an authority about the emerging church that I didn’t feel was justified.
The emerging conversation was important to me in my process of detox and sorting through doctrine and beliefs. Personally, I feel that “emerging” should remain a process and not become a form of church. I continue to be interested in the church that is becoming, but not so much The Emerging Church, if that makes sense.
There is quite a bit of discussion at the moment about the relevance of both Emergent and emerging. Conversations of interest here:
Also it appears that Dan Kimball and Scot McKnight are in the process of developing a network. I hope this isn’t the beginning of a process to organize and define the missional conversation.
It seems the oft-repeated scenario is that early adapters are involved in organizing and defining, and because of that emerge as the spokespersons for a movement.
In the charismatic arena, it has been spoken for years that there would be a nameless generation of ordinary believers, sometimes called the saints movement, who would make a great impact for the kingdom.
Many of the same men who make up the International Coalition of Apostles are the ones who have been prophesying from their platforms about this movement of ordinary people. As a wise friend of mine recently said, they have not yet realized that they won’t be in control of that movement.
Anyway, these are just some random thoughts and uneasy feelings I have about the attempts to capture and tame an organic grassroots movement.
I believe with all my heart there is a church that is emerging, but it is not necessarily The Emerging Church, and the church will be a missional expression of the heart of God, but it is not necessarily The Missional Movement.