Several people have recently criticized the Emerging Church (maggi dawn and raw faith) while others have defended its need for relevance and incaration (emergent~kiwi). It is an interesting conversation, usually split between the Emerging Church ex-evangelicals trying to reclaim but not become Mainline, Catholic, Anglican tradition, and mainliners from those traditions defending themselves from the savanger EMers.
I recently posted my view on the relevant question concerning the EM (which emerging church.info is publishing next month, I think…), and concerning the mainliners question of resistance, so I won’t rehearse it all here. (i must have been using my spidy sense…)
shortly I’ll post some thoughts concerning the theft of tradition coming out of a recently conference, where i spent the entire time defending the EC (something I don’t usually do).
and just to throw this out, I DON’T THINK THE EMERGING CHURCH SHOULD THINK IN MISSIONARY TERMS TO EXPLAIN WHAT THEY ARE TRYING TO DO IN THE WEST. IT IS NOT HELPFUL.