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Signs of Emergence: A Vision for Church That Is Always Organic/Networked/Decentralized/Bottom-Up/Communal/Flexible/Always Evolving (ēmersion: Emergent Village resources for communities of faith)
Many in the church are recognizing that traditional "top-down" structures are no longer functional. The church is seen as an institution that is out of touch, ignored by the very people it seeks to serve, and unaware of the opportunities for ministry that exist as the interest in things spiritual rises. Signs of Emergence challenges the church to face its fears and take a ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Baker Books
(first published July 1st 2007)
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I really enjoyed how the author brought several different areas of information into his book. There was a lot of poetry, discussions about art, science, etc. I also really enjoyed his discussion of change and his inclusion of waiting (or advent) as a precursor to change. However, I felt like his overall message was lost within those various discussions. I also would have liked him to elaborate more on his views of God, Christ, and scripture because I wasn't always sure where his view of church w ...more
While I felt that Brewing presented some interesting ideas I found many of his statements about Churches with a highly structured governing body to be at best generalizations and at worst nasty stereotypes. I would have appreciated more specific accusations, as well as more specific statements about how the nature of the Emergent Church movement may eventually supersede these models. Overall I give this a major "eh".
I'd never heard Brewin's idea about Judas before. Brewin presents that Judas, like most people of the time, hoped for Jesus to establish an earthly kingdom. By turning Jesus over to the Jewish leadership, Judas hoped to force Jesus' hand to respond violently and begin a revolution. Jesus instead chose to build his kingdom ground-up through evolution rather than a top-down revolution.
This is a very thought-provoking book. Brewin is not using the term emergence in the same sense as has gotten overdone. He is taking a hard look at leadership in a new age and is proposing some pretty interesting ideas concerning the essence of God. Pretty raw.