We recently published a column by Christianity Today online assistant editor Rob Moll that asked the question "Has the emergent church emerged?" Rob cited several secular newspaper and magazine articles that reported on these postmodern congregations led by engaging young pastors. As with language and clothing styles, what first emerges as alternative eventually becomes (or at least modifies) mainstream. Ron wondered whether press coverage of the "emergent" phenomenon indicated some movement from the fringes toward the center. A number of Weekly readers replied to that column, and we thought we'd share some of their insights. —ed.
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Enjoyed the article about Emergent churches in your newsletter. We attended Emergent (Convention) in San Diego in February 2003 and will be going to Nashville in May 2004. We are part of a small, emergent church, so we follow these stories with interest.
A megachurch here in the metro began a "postmodern service" a few months ago. They light candles, ...1