Posted: October 15, 2008 by Matt Horan in ReEmergent Church
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By Matt Horan

     Having received with joy the note from the “mainline” churches, one would hope the Emergent Chuch would reply with appreciation of it’s own.  There was probably a time when the EC might not have, since it was largely born from the ashes of people’s broken relationships with the MLC’s over various instances of hypocrisy.  The hypocrisy sometimes was real, and other times merely perception and poor communication on all sides, but either way, the hypocrisy or the perception thereof was real in it’s consequences.
     Now, however, one can hear a fresh hope for unity in the body of Christ.  Partly because the MLC’s are realizing some of their hypocrisy, and owning it.  Partly because… miscommunications are being thoughtfully and carefully discussed, and new understandings are being reached.  Partly because, over time, the EC misses the grounding that came along with the rich heritage of the MLC’s.  Partly because, there are plagues on the loose in the world today that will take the combined imagination, wisdom, and prayer of the whole body of Christ if there is any chance to offer the world the hope that can be found in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Partly because, as we converse together, we’re finding that there is far more that could unite us than could ever fully separate us from each other, or from thelove of God that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.


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