Firstly, he offers two cautions, with which I have no problem… I even agree with them: keep Jesus Christ and keep the church. It’s just that I think the “keep the church” concern is somewhat overstated, particularly given his list of things he likes about the relational values of “emergents” (#8) and their missional values (#3). This may be all about how one defines the terms… the emerging church isn’t about non-church so much as about reinvented church. It’s kinda the point.
Secondly, he makes rather a big point about him being a boomer addressing “emergents” who are all 20somethings. Problem is that agewise, I guess I’m worth two of his “emergents”, being a tail-end boomer myself. Most of the people I know who are on this same type of “emergent” journey can still remember 30, but most of us are north of that mile-marker. It’s time to stop misconstruing this drawing to the church that is emerging (what he calls “emergents”) as a phenomenon for the young…. youth church, the fancy of the young’uns, that sort of thing. What’s going on is far bigger than an age or generation gap.
Still, the letter has a great summary of a bunch of stuff that really resonates for me in this journey with the church that is emerging.