The 2008 Xenos Summer Institute conference this year was titled “True to the Word, True to Our Mission” and most of the messages are in response to the Emergent Church movement. Don Carson, Mark Driscoll and many others were involved in this conference, which was held this past July.
Both Carson and Driscoll bring well informed backgrounds to bear on the dangers of the Emergent church.
Don Carson has studied this movement extensively, and his book Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church is one of the best overviews to the causes, challenges and effects of the Emergent church.
Mark Driscoll began as one of the leading Emergent church leaders, beginning Mars Hill Church under that banner, but has since separated himself from the more destructive elements of this movement, and has become one of it’s strongest critics.
Don and Mark’s messages provide a good perspective on this movement, both pro and con. In spite of this movement appearing to be dying a rapid death, there are a lot of lessons the church can learn in it’s wake.
Don Carson’s messages:
Mark Driscoll’s messages: