The Emergence of Church Experts
(and the suppression of violence)
by Doug Bursch
If you say one more bad thing about the church I love…
I’m gonna punch you in the nose.
And then I’m gonna say I’m sorry.
But I swear if you say one more bad thing…
I might do it again.
Yeah, I’m aware it’s not theologically correct.
But neither are you with your perpetual snarky,
Condescending diatribes against the Bride.
I figure God’s grace will call it a tie…
My fist and your bitter, flame throwing tongue!
You are so comfortable with being better than everyone.
With your better understanding and your better way of doing everything.
You’re more missional, more intentional, more visionary
With your revolutionary understanding of what everyone else is doing wrong.
Spitting out tweets between microbrew sips.
Turning out relevant books and relevant conferences
As you troll the world for emerging Pharisees.
You’re so used to tearing down the Bride.
Talking as if you have exclusive rights to her hand.
I swear, if you say, write or print one more arrogant word…
I’m gonna break your nose.
Feel free to call me a bitter, reactionary, out of touch relic.
See me as deceived and bound by outdated, outmoded ritualism.
I’m cool with that…but stop it!
Stop tearing down the Bride!
Or I swear my hand will form a fist and I’ll follow through.
(These are the thoughts I repent of almost every time I hear you speak).