Published on April 3rd, 2009 | by Alex and Brett Harris
Emerging Church Panel Discussion
Brett and I recently had the opportunity to sit on a Christianity Today panel on the “emerging church” at the Christian Book Expo in Dallas — along with experts Kevin DeYoung, Tony Jones, and Scot McKnight.
To be honest, we were a little bit intimidated to discuss such an important (and controversial) topic with men who are much older, wiser, and more learned than we are. Our goal was to listen, ask questions, and to bear testimony to what we do know — a newer generation than the emerging generation, a newer movement than the emerging movement.
We’re talking about a generation of Christian young people who passionately pursue timeless truth and biblical orthodoxy, and at the same time are deeply committed to really living out the life, love, and teachings of Jesus Christ. We’re talking about a movement of rebelutionaries.
Brett and I certainly shared some of Kevin’s frustrations about the discussion — and I know Scot and Tony were frustrated as well. But at the same time, we were encouraged by how the panel ended — with hope for a new generation, grounded in love and truth, living it, and proclaiming it boldly.