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Church in the Present Tense: A Candid Look at What's Emerging (emersion: Emergent Village resources for communities of faith) Paperback – Bargain Price, February 1, 2011

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Provocative Perspectives on Emerging Conversations

"This is the most complete, detailed, critically sympathetic, and totally remarkable overview I have yet seen of where Emergence Christianity presently is and appears to be going. McKnight's two essays alone are worth the price of admission."--Phyllis Tickle, author, The Great Emergence

"At root, the emerging church movement is a set of conversations about living more faithfully into the way of Jesus and the implications of this for the life and witness of Christian communities. This book offers a series of reflections from some of the best-known voices on a range of important questions. These essays extend the conversation in significant ways and make it clear that the questions stirred up are worth pursuing."--John R. Franke, Biblical Seminary; theologian in residence, First Presbyterian Church of Allentown

"Over its short history, the emerging church has both challenged and inspired the practice of church in our time. Church in the Present Tense brings together in one volume some of its finest thinkers to reflect on the theological and practical contributions of this movement. In concise and helpful essays, they lead us through the impact of 'emerging' on our views of God, salvation, Scripture, the end times, and the practice of worship. Whatever you might think of the movement, you cannot ignore its impact, and this volume won't let you!"--David Fitch, Northern Seminary; author, The End of Evangelicalism?

"Rather than retreading old ground, Church in the Present Tense looks at the still-evolving emerging church movement from new angles, and readers will be rewarded with new insights. We are in very good hands with Scot, Pete, Kevin, and Jason--they appreciate the movement, but they aren't playing Pollyanna. They're tough, smart, articulate interlocutors. I think this book will be seen as among the best interactions with the emerging church movement."--Tony Jones, theologian in residence, Solomon's Porch, Minneapolis; author, The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier

About the Author

Scot McKnight (PhD, University of Nottingham) is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois, and the author of more than twenty books, including A Community Called Atonement. Peter Rollins (PhD, Queen's University, Belfast) is founder of Ikon, an emerging collective in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is the author of several books, including How (Not) to Speak of God: Marks of the Emerging Church. Kevin Corcoran (PhD, Purdue University) is professor of philosophy at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and author of Rethinking Human Nature. Jason Clark (PhD candidate, King's College, London) coordinates the Emergent UK online resource network, is founding/senior pastor of Vineyard Church Sutton in Sutton, England, and is adjunct professor at George Fox Evangelical Seminary.

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Product Details

  • Series: emersion: Emergent Village resources for communities of faith
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Brazos Press; Pap/DVD edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1587432994
  • ASIN: B005Q5TN20
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Joseph W. Holbrook on March 16, 2011
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I am recently began reading Church in the Present Tense. I began with the last chapter by Scot McKnight on the theology of Atonement and then read his chapter on the emerging view of scripture, and finally went back to the first chapter on Philosophical Realism by Corcoran. All three chapters were delightful and refreshing. The book (as far as I have read) is very good. It deals with various aspects of what is broadly called postmodernism and how these aspects may influence our society, culture, and consequently the Church.

The Church in both the sense of theological content and methods of communications. Scot McKnight writes two chapters in the final section of the book. Since I have not read the whole book, I will only comment on the final chapter.

What it boils down to is this: the Evangelical church of the last 50 years (more or less) has focused on a clear, logical exposition of what is called the "plan of salvation." This includes concepts such as atonement and propitiation for sins. The thinking has been that new converts need to understand cognitively how salvation works in order to believe and receive it logically.

The postmodern churches and fellowships that are popping up among 20-something young adults (otherwise often referred to as "emerging" churches - but not always) tend to play down the emphasis on such legal or forensic concepts as atonement and propitiation (in other words, the legal substitutionary death of Christ on our behalf in order to grant forgiveness) in favor of telling a story of Jesus as the liberator or Jesus the messiah bringing social justice and reconciliation to the earth.

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Scandalous Sanity VINE VOICE on April 8, 2011
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This collection of essays on the Emerging Church is a fascinating look at the philosophical underpinnings of a controversial and popular movement.

Some of the topics covered:

Kevin Corcoran discusses emergents and philosophical realism, and what side of the fence they fall on. Peter Rollins has a couple of essays, and shares some interesting thoughts on the conflicting nature of accepting an identity in Christ while still retaining an identity that makes up a person. Jason Clark talks about consumerism and its effect on Christianity, focusing on the construction of one's religious identity by picking and choosing the aspects of spiritualism that one likes.

Other topics include emerging eschatology, liturgy in the emerging church, the difference in rhetoric and action, and Scot McKnight discusses the role of scripture in the Emerging Church.

This is a well-thought out work that covers many topics I've never heard discussed before. It comes with a DVD featuring interviews and speeches by the authors.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ronald H. Baker on April 29, 2013
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My rating refers only to the Kindle version...

I do want to read "Church in the Present Tense." I begin a course of study in September and Dr. Jason Clark is one of the instructors. I would like to read some of his writing. The Kindle version, however, lacks an index with chapter/essay links. This requires scrolling through essays to find the one you want and in addition, you cannot really see the organization of essays from a topical perspective. I only read a small portion of the book in order to make sure I could return it for credit. When you buy the Kindle version, you must also sacrifice the 60 min DVD that accompanies the print version.

No chapter headings...How absurd!

Ron Baker
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ellensburguy12 on January 12, 2012
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For those Christians or anyone out there that wants to have a better understanding of where church is going or has come to (with postmodernity in mind)then this is the book for you.
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