The challenges we face converge, intertwine, and often remain largely beyond our understanding. Most of us suspect that the “experts” don’t really know what’s going on and that as a species we’ve released forces that are neither managed nor manageable. This is the ingenuity gap, the critical gap between our need for ideas to solve complex problems and our actual supply of those ideas.
Jordon gets there by starting out with how the answer to the question is basically “No, I can’t give you two or three books that will fully explain the entire emerging church.” And why. Then he gets on to this ingenuity gap thing, about how all the wisdom of other people in other places in other times doesn’t amount to a hill of beans to the situations in which we’re seeking answers. Bear in mind I’m paraphrasing heavily, and badly — read for yourself.