Darryl spends significant time in Tim Keller’s presentations from the EMA Conference in London in a post called, Tim Keller: What Are the Risks for Evangelicals. There are some very important insights in Darryl’s notes – and they are well worth reading…a number of times. (Certain leaders who’ve named their churches after Paul’s time at the Areopagus, would do well to study Keller more closely.)
There is a whole slew of younger leaders out there. They are watching us. We can’t avoid drawing boundaries. Everyone does it, and if they say you’re not doing it, then you’re drawing a boundary by saying you’re not doing it. But what matters is how we treat the people on the other side of the boundary. You’re going to win the younger leaders if we are the most gracious and the most kind and the least self-righteous in controversy toward people on the other side of the boundary.
Some may say, “They should care about truth and they shouldn’t care about things like that,” but doesn’t Jesus give them a warrant here when he says that we would be known by our love? Isn’t orthopraxy part of orthodoxy? Of course it is!
UPDATE: Ed Brenegar offers his thoughtful response in the comments (which I would tend to agree with) and TSK makes this comment:
Tim Keller talks about the emerging church and their dislike of boundaries and the pendulum swinging from personal piety to corporate responsibility. I also see the same swing, and like Keller, I champion understanding and bridge-building. I think the emerging church should keep a tight hold of our 2000 year church tradition and global christian theology during this shift, and I think the fundamentalists should be open to an understanding of the Scriptures that is more historically located and less individually oriented. Hopefully we will help each other. (emphasis added)
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