The Emerging Church's Impact on Seminaries and Bible Expositors
on the Apostle John¡¯s Epistles
Q: What¡¯s happening to seminaries across America in this regard?
I think with very few exceptions, they¡¯ve capitulated [surrendered on agreed conditions (Í¶½µ)].
Harvey Cox, a
theologian at Harvard Divinity School said, ¡°Never
underestimate the Church¡¯s ability to adapt to culture.
It is highly market conscious.¡±
Conservative Bible teachers aged around 60 are now being kicked out of churches
brother who graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary said]
his peer group who graduated from DTS about 25 years ago is
all getting moved out of their churches.
One pastor started with a church in Pennsylvania of 380
and grew it to 2300. He
had 17 pastors working for him. Three of those pastors led a
revolt with the elder board and completely blind-sided him.
They told him he was out of the church.
I talked to him personally.
He had sacrificed for the church.
He had been in that church 26 years, and they want him
out. Another guy,
a Biblical expositor of scripture in Massachusetts, just got
moved out of his church.
Three or four elders moved him out.
He was a Navigator.
He used to travel with Leroy Eims.
Another guy San Francisco has been encouraged to go
teach in seminary for a sabbatical, but there¡¯s an
undercurrent that he can¡¯t retain the young ABC
professionals at his church.
Another guy in Dallas is getting moved on by the church
he founded. I
asked these guys, and they said maybe it¡¯s because our
health insurance going up.
We¡¯re getting older [joke].
But I think it¡¯s the envy of the emerging churches
who are sucking out all the people, so they have to get a new
kind of pastor who is with it [adapting to the post-modern
culture], not a pastor who will preach the Bible
expositionally, but a post-modern pastor, because it¡¯s
market conscious, and the sons are leaving to go to these big
happening to my classmates.
It¡¯s amazing! It¡¯s
all across the country. Another
guy I don¡¯t know ¨C he was told he was done, and he was
just stunned. So
he said, ¡°I guess I¡¯ll just have to change my message this
Sunday and make it a goodbye message,¡± and they said, ¡°No.
You don¡¯t understand.
You are done today!
You are not speaking this Sunday.¡±
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