I love this post by Thom Oord on the first emergent Nazarene! (Many may be suprised to know that it is not me!) It is a great example of the connection a lot of us feel to the “roots” of our movement /denomination. Thomas Jay Oord is a great thinker and while we haven’t yet met, we share a lot of friends and a lot of ideas.
I believe for many of us in the Nazarene church this “emergent” or “missional” movement is an attempt to stand on the shoulders of those who have gone before, not to push them out of the way. In fact, I will go so far as to say that we are trying to re-discover their teachings and to embrace in creative ways what that looks like lived out in our places and time.