Posts Tagged monasticism

Is the Emerging Church Dead (or Dying)?

Emerging church leader Rob Bell recently said his church is exhibiting more and more "traditional" traits.

Is the emerging church coming to an end?

The conversation seems to be picking up across the Web.

In a recent article in WORLD Magazine, Anthony Bradley provides a good summation of some of the indications of decline, including this post by Andrew Jones and Rob Bell’s recent admission that his once cutting-edge church has begun to “mimic” many of the things the movement set out to counter.

I do think Bradley is a bit off on some of his analysis and predictions. For instance, he claims that postmodernism is dead and Christians are simply moving on to confront other more prevalent philosophies.

I wholeheartedly disagree that postmodernism is dying off, but it seems as though Christians never really confronted postmodernism in the first place (at least not effectively). When I survey the emerging church movement in particular, it seems like it was far more successful at incorporating postmodernism than it was at confronting it.

That’s not always a bad thing. It all comes down to whether we are tailoring the message to the culture or reconstructing the message for the culture.

Many emerging church leaders have been able to successfully integrate postmodernistic thought and language with the Gospel, but so many others have floundered and gone off course in their efforts to be “relevant.” Plenty of emerging church leaders seem lost in their own Read the rest of this entry »

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New Monasticism: Necessary or Pretentious?

RELEVANT Magazine recently ran a short piece on “new monasticism,” which seems to be the latest trend among Christian youths. The piece also includes an interview with Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, who leads a new monastic community in North Carolina. 

Author and "new monastic" Shane Claiborne meets with Ron Copeland and Brian Farrell.


First off, I don’t pretend to know a lot about new monasticism, but I feel like I’m relatively familiar with the overall “spirit” of the movement. If I’m correct, the movement promotes pseudo-communes of like-minded believers wherein participants can focus on “contemplative” and prayerful lives, while also ministering to the poor and the needy in their sphere of influence. 

I’ve heard several proponents of the movement point to Read the rest of this entry »

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