Saturday, May 17, 2008

Why they’re not emergent
‘Bobby, I don’t want the Lord to end up in this box.’
I am not the only young Christian who appreciates many aspects of postmodern culture but... Some of us long for teaching that has authority, ethics rooted in dogma, and something unique in this world of banal diversity.

We long for Jesus—not a shapeless, formless good-hearted ethical teacher Jesus, but the Jesus of the New Testament, the Jesus of the church, the Jesus of faith, the Jesus of two millennia of Christian witness with all of its unchanging and edgy doctrinal propositions.

The mainline church bent over backward to accommodate modernism, and its members have budget crunches and shrinking churches to show for it.

Tim Keller, the senior pastor at Redeemer, understands that it is important to contextualize doctrine but that you cannot change doctrine. Even while preaching absolute truth, propositions, sin, and hell, Keller will quote the Apostle Paul in the same breath as a quote from Bono, and all to make a point meaningful to his congregation, not to win cool points.
From Rod Dreher.

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