Ok, so here we go. I’m going to throw out several questions that came to mind as I was reading the introduction and first chapter. Feel free to answer any, all, none, others, or ask entirely different questions.
In the Introduction, Belcher paints a picture of the rift that has and opened between the “Traditional” and “Emergent” church.
How aware are you of this growing division?
Would you identify yourself as leaning more traditional or more emerging?
How have you been affected (if at all) by the in-fighting?
Do you think Belcher’s broad strokes paint a fair picture of the current state of evangelicalism? Would you describe it any differently?
In chapter 1, Belcher briefly recounts his own story and relationship with the church.
How has your history with church influenced where you find yourself in relation to these two poles within (North American Evangelical) Christianity today?
Belcher describes a strange sense of being both an insider in the emerging movement and yet at times feeling alienated from (an “outsider’) as well.
Can you identify in any way with that “insider”/”outsider” feeling as it relates to church?