This book is written in a lively and often humorous style. There's no brow beating going on, just a thoughtful and well reasoned book about the emergent movement. It is fair and balanced, acknowledge both strengths and weaknesses of the emergent. Some in this movement are still fairly conservative doctrinally, and don't go to the extremes that some of the other emergents go to. And those extremes, when encountered, are very unbiblical and dangerous. I can empathize with the two authors. I have never cared much for mega-churches, or a church run like a corporation instead of a body of believers. In my hippie days I was very anti-establishment. So I certainly would be one to be attracted to this "new" way of having church. I also happen to very much treasure the truth as revealed in God's Word, so when you start chopping it up, discarding what some might find unpleasant or too strident, or too "mean", then you have lost me. Some of the emergent leaders are just doing just this. Rob Bell's "Love Wins" is a perfect example. He wants to get rid of hell because it seems to make God unfriendly. Well, what's next? No judgement for sins? No sins? They also want to move away from the propitiation of sins achieved for us by Christ. Brian McClaren, another big wig in the movement, seems to think that God's sacrifice of His Son for our sins is "cosmic child abuse". Not joking. He claims to believe in all the "important" doctrines of the historical Christian faith, but the more you read him, the more doctrines he seems willing to jettison to make Christianity more "user" or "seeker" friendly. This book is both a good read, and an alarming one. There are demons out there friends, and they hate the truth. Paul warned that in the end times their activity would increase, and I think the informed reader knows how much they have infiltrated the body of Christ. Get this book.
Well formed and knowledgeable response to the dangers of the emergent movement. Anyone wanting to know more about the true nature of the emergent church and its ramifications on the church biblically would do well to give this text a read through.
Excellent book on the emergent church. I got my first exposure to the emergent church through this book. The different styles of the book made it rather entertaining. Definitely a good book for those who wanting to try to understand the emergent church.
The emergent church in general gets both Christian theology and history wrong, making up their own personal "God narratives" as they go.This book answers the questions posed by the emergent/emerging movement with sound scriptural reasoning.If your church High School or College group shows Rob Bell videos, turn them off and study this book instead. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
I heard the authors interviewed on the radio and decided to buy their book. I am glad I did. They provided thought-provoking analysis from Biblical, church history and logical standpoints but in a very readable, accessible manner. Some of the footnotes are even humorous.