Sundoulos - Summer 2006

From the Editor

Surely you’ve heard of the Emerging Church phenomenon, a movement which has been getting a lot of attention.  Perhaps you’ve read books written by notable leaders or been to conferences sponsored by the “conversation.”  Maybe you’ve been attracted to some “emergent” methods, styles or emphases, as you seek to reach elements of the postmodern culture in your own church or community.  Or, perhaps, you’ve been perplexed at the seeming lack of—or rejection of—theological reflection and concern for doctrinal orthodoxy which characterizes much of what’s being written by emergent leaders.

Last year, with a generous grant from Bible Study Fellowship, the Department of Christian Education sponsored a conference, “Conversations with the Emerging Church,” which brought together Talbot faculty and leaders of the emerging church, along with about 300 attendees.

The conference gave us the opportunity to appreciate some of the very positive aspects of the movement, such as emergent’s desire to reach postmoderns, a commitment to practice a faith which affects life 168 hours per week, and an appreciation for 2000 years of  Church history and tradition.  But it also caused us concern at want many of us see as the theological and philosophical lapses of the movement.

In this issue of Sundoulos, NT prof Joe Hellerman notes two salient characteristics of the ancient church.  Joe finds the emergent church commendable in its practice of one, but is concerned by the apparent absence of the other.  Theology prof Josue Perez addresses the issue of propositional theology, the open rejection of which is, he argues, a serious mistake by postmodern and emergent theologians.

We trust you will find this issue helpful in your thinking about the emerging church.

Co-laboring with you,
Garry DeWeese

About Sundoulos

Sundoulos is published by the Talbot Alumni Association for the purpose of ministering to and communicating with alumni and friends of Talbot. All rights reserved. No material can be reproduced without the permission of the Sundoulos editorial staff.

The Talbot journal, Sundoulos (soon'-doo-los), is designed to serve those who have graduated from Talbot and are in full-time ministry. Sundoulos grew out of an influx of requests for some kind of continued support for alumni as they finished their coursework at Talbot. In 1993, it joined with the Alumni newsletter and received a new format. Dr. Bob Saucy was instrumental in the creation of the journal and describes it as “a way we could bring the fruit of the faculty to alumni.”

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