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We might be wrong October 30, 2006

Posted by Cobus in Emerging Church.

 It’s sometimes easier to see your own mistakes when you can identify them in someone else. In a conversation yesterday we were discussing some of our fellow theologians in the church. Not in a negative manner, we were very positive about them. These are some of the people we would call “emerging”. The conversations took a couple of turns, which I won’t bore you with, but it got me thinking. Are we busy creating another insiders club? This time round you have to be “emerging”, a concept of which I’m quite fond (see the title of the blog), but in which I see a definitive danger if it becomes a measure to judge others by : You are either “emerging”. By certain criteria, or not. And the people who can be labelled as “emerging” are the ones that will make the difference. But if ever we go in that direction, and maybe we have, hopefully not, we go against everything that I believe the emerging conversation is supposed to stand for. I believe we should have this conversation while always remembering that we could be wrong, and that no one person, of group of people, have the only, or complete, answer. Even if they can be labelled as “emerging”. Yes, I do believe that a lot of people are taking this conversation about the church serious. We see holes in the way we have been church in the past, and we are part of a new age that need to rethink how we will be church today and in the future. Yes, we might even correct some of the mistakes that were made in the past, but we will make our own mistakes as well. Maybe we should remember that sometimes.



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