The Emerging Church and Cultural Captivity

52 minutes

Christ the Center discusses the ministry of David Martyn Lloyd-Jones and the Emerging Church with Martin Downes, pastor of Christ Church Deeside.  Downes, who also is webmaster of the popular Against Heresies, comments on the impact of Martyn Lloyd-Jones within British and worldwide evangelicalism and notes the recent publication of Lloyd-Jones:  Messenger of Grace.  But the bulk of the conversation concentrates upon Downes’ contribution to the forthcoming book, Reforming of Conforming?, where he deals with what looks like the recapitulation of classical Liberalism in the Emerging Church.  Join us for some fascinating intercontinental fellowship.


  • Martin Downes
  • Jeff Waddington
  • James Dolezal
  • Camden Bucey



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