Redeemer is ‘emergent’?
Would you believe that Tim Keller of Redeemer gets asked the question, “Is Redeemer Church ‘Emergent’?” Maybe the question was inspired by Crossroads’ post from December 2005 that Redeemer “looks like an emergent-type church”?
In addition to this video interview (promo for an upcoming conference) of Keller fielding that question, Keller also commented on this Next Wave article “Just who is emergent, anyway?” by Bob Hyatt:
It seems sometimes to me that the third group of emergent churches you mention (despite all the aesthetic borrowing from historic sources) does not want to inhabit and reform any particular Christian tradition but rather wants to form a whole new one. Of course that may be necessary. New traditions have been formed recently (Wesleyan, Pentacostal) but my–what an incredibly ambitious undertaking.
The last time I met up with Tim, we had a brief chat about Emergent (amongst other things). I recall Keller and McLaren being at a conference together several years ago, but I don’t think Keller has hung out with Emergent people, while McLaren has, which is essentially what constitutes being Emergent. Tim is a fairly active blog commenter, but I haven’t yet provoked enough to comment on a post here. I’m okay with that, really.