In preparing for a message I delivered Sunday night on the Emergent Church I took advantage of the large collection of information that has been published critiquing the movement. (Monergism.com has an especially helpful resource page here. Don’t miss the mp3 library here.) I’ve learned much from John Ashbrook, D. A. Carson, Phil Johnson, Kevin DeYoung and Ted Kluck, and others. Ashbrook’s article, in which he essentially lets several emergents speak for themselves, is being published in 3 publications of the OBF’s montly publication, the Visitor. It’s been pretty widely read, and many reprints have been ordered. It should be available online soon. I commend it to you.
Particularly intriguing to me was this mp3 from Mark Driscoll. His take is especially valuable because of his personal history with the movement and his relationships with Brian McLaren and other emergents. I don’t agree with much of what he says, obviously, but he offers a thorough and serious critique of the movment. If you’re looking for a one-hour synopsis of the Emergent Church from somebody that once had a foot in it, give it a listen.