It seems that Kevin DeYoung is not taken with Reggie McNeal’s recent book Missional Renaissance, and his three part review of the book last week is starting to cause a stir in the missional community.
Then read Bill Kinnon’s reaction here.
I know it’s a lot of reading – but all good stuff that will get you thinking about missional issues.
Personally, I think the whole missional, organic, emergent thingy going on at the moment is brilliant, because it’s making the established church rethink its praxis. However, the reaction of some is to hold on tighter to what they’ve already got rather than to take the opportunity to critically question how to make things better!
The result is heated discussions which seem to polarise the situation – and we the readers are then asked to choose – established, traditional church or missional, organic church – the impression is that there is no half way house, that it is one or the other, that they are mutually exclusive and cannot thrive together.
Well, I refuse to choose – sorry! Why can’t we have both – the traditional church revived by organic, missional and emergent expression?
In this instant I feel justified in nailing my colours firmly to the fence – because I think this is where the church needs to be! Seriously.
I’m going to keep an eye on developments in the blogosphere over the next few days – it will be interesting to see who else wades into the discussion.
Any thoughts after all that?