Henard, Evangelicals Engaging Emergent

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William Henard and Adam Greenway, Evangelicals Engaging Emergent: A Discussion of the Emergent Church Movement. B and H Academic, 2009.

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LifeandLeadership.com Summary

While many would argue that the emergent movement has receded significantly, many of the longings expressed by emergents remain strong across a wide spectrum of believers. The emergent perspective has much to offer, but as a reactionary movement also needs careful evaluation. This volume collects observations from a number of evangelical scholars who try to fairly represent and assess the emergent conversation. I have drawn from it considerably in my interpretive essay on Evangelism in the Postmodern Ethos. I recommend a good perusal of the Table of Contents to survey chapters that may be helpful. The articles are quite readable.

From the Publisher

While plenty of books related to the conversations as well as controversies surrounding the emergent church have surfaced in recent years, no comprehensive evangelical assessment of the movement has been published until now. Evangelicals Engaging Emergent draws from a broad spectrum of conservative evangelicalism to serve as a clear, informative, fair, and respectful guide for those desiring to know what “emergent” means, why it originated, where the movement is going, what issues concern emergent believers, and where they sometimes go wrong theologically.

Among the dozen contributors are Norman Geisler (“A Postmodern View of Scripture”), Darrell Bock (“Emergent/Emerging Christologies”), Ed Stetzer (“The Emergent/Emerging Church: A Missiological Perspective”), and Daniel Akin (“The Emerging Church and Ethical Choices: The Corinthian Matrix”).

About the Authors

Bill Henard is senior pastor of Porter Memorial Baptist Church in Lexington, Kentucky. He is also president of the Kentucky Baptist Convention, former trustee chairman for LifeWay Christian Resources, and assistant professor of Evangelism and Church Growth at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Henard and his wife, Judy, have three children and two grandchildren.

Adam Greenway is assistant professor of Evangelism and Applied Apologetics and associate vice president for Extension Education and Applied Ministries at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also directs Research Doctoral Studies at the seminary’s Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism and Church Growth.

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