Theology Unplugged Broadcast #63: An evaluation of Creeds Unity; Unity and the Emerging Church

 Question/Answers Segment: Creeds: What good are they and how do we evaluate them in light of sola Scriptura. Unity: Is the Emerging church just starting another tradition that divides the church?

C Michael Patton
C Michael Patton

C. Michael Patton is the primary contributor to the Parchment and Pen/Credo Blog. He has been in ministry for nearly twenty years as a pastor, author, speaker, and blogger. Find him on Patreon Th.M. Dallas Theological Seminary (2001), president of Credo House Ministries and Credo Courses, author of Now that I'm a Christian (Crossway, 2014) Increase My Faith (Credo House, 2011), and The Theology Program (Reclaiming the Mind Ministries, 2001-2006), host of Theology Unplugged, and primary blogger here at Parchment and Pen. But, most importantly, husband to a beautiful wife and father to four awesome children. Michael is available for speaking engagements. Join his Patreon and support his ministry

    3 replies to "Theology Unplugged #65: An evaluation of Creeds, Unity, and the Emerging Church"

    • Vance

      Great show, one of the most lucid I have heard (wait, that sounds like a “backhanded” compliment, but not meant as such!). I think you guys provided very focused and solid answers.

      Michael, I have been listening to the program from the beginning and I am wondering whether I am correct in feeling that you, yourself, have been evolving in your approach to these “ecumenical” issues. With the focus on essentials, the open approach to the varieties within the “non-essentials”, etc, I sense a subtle movement and growth. Am I just imagining it, and different questions bring out different aspects of your approach?

    • vangelicmonk

      I wanted to thank you guys for these “Theology Unplugged” series. I love them.

      They are very informative and you guys crack me up.

      Personally, I came to the view of Unity through essentials/distinctives through
      personal experiences, prayer, meditation on scripture, and just thinking
      through these issues.

      I agree that we have totally abandoned our history and thus tradition in
      Evangelical Churches. However, I don’t think the Emergent answer is to
      throw up some “iconic” pictures, play lip service to “Traditions” and sympathize
      with Eastern Orthodox Theology. The answers are a bit more complex. Thanks
      for being part of the “Greater Conversation” about the Christian Church.

    • C Michael Patton

      Thanks Vangel,

      You comments are encouraging. Glad we could bring some humor to your life!!

      The issue of essentials and non-essentials is important today. We can see even the SBC dealing with this issue this week, struggling to say “What are the distinctives that we must hold on to and what are the things that are negotiable. While this has been hard on some of the more conservative in the convention, it has been valuable.”

      Concerning the Emergent or emerging answers, I understand what you are saying about some emerging churches, but we must be careful not to lump them all together. They are as distinct as they come with one common mission, to be missional to our generation.

      Thanks for the comments, I look forward to hearing more from you!

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