Fascinating interview on LeadershipJournal.net with Dieter Zander and Dallas Willard on the questions What is spiritual formation? Why don't Christians look more like Christ? Including the following snippet about the emerging church reuniting social justice and Scripture:
Spiritual formation is a major topic within the emerging church. Are they getting it right?
Zander: The emerging church is really saying that the kingdom of God is bigger than the evangelical Christian world. Sometimes that is communicated in constructive ways, sometimes not. But I believe they have a healthy desire to bring together what was separated during the Modernist-Fundamentalist split Dallas mentioned earlier. They want to reunite social justice and Scripture—the inner spiritual life and the outer social life. That is spiritual formation—allowing the gospel to transform us internally so we live differently externally.
Willard: They have a justifiable and healthy reaction against the model of programmatic church, and I think it's good in many respects. I hope and pray that they find their way and bring us something really positive and good. That has yet to be seen. The great challenge for the emerging church is determining their message. Reacting against the modern church is not a gospel. But if their message becomes living in the kingdom at street level, then that's going to be wonderful.
So there's a challenge worth picking up - 'living the Kingdom at street level'.