mē genoito

May it never be! Let God be true, and every man a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.” (Ro 3:4)

I Finally Understand What Jekyll Dan Meant

Pastor Kimball is a self proclaimed orthodox Christian with a loving and gentle heart to reach the unbelieving world. He is sometimes disheartened by the meanness of the so called “watchdog” Christians. I didn’t understand what Dan meant by “watchdog” type until now. I had always wondered if Dan was a bit hypocritical when he accused the critics of emerging churches who have never visited an emerging church.

Unlike those who write about “the emerging church” either in books or blogs, yet never actually visit one or take the time to specifically talk to leaders of existing emerging churches – Bob had the integrity and just plain common journalistic sense to go actually visit 12 different emerging churches.

Why would this be hypocritical? Well, because Dan also accused other Christians (possibly these “watchdog types”) as being barking poodles who are mean, bitter and angry Christians. The hypocrisy should be immediately obvious, did Dan actually visited any of the churches of these mean, bitter and angry Christians or take the time to specifically talk to leaders of existing watchdog types? Did Dan have the integrity and just plain common sense to go actually visit 12 different watchdog type churches? I don’t know but I doubt Dan did.

However, I’ve recently discovered some evidence that my suspicion of Dan’s hypocrisy might be unjustified. You see I had always assumed that when Dan said “watchdog types”, he meant orthodox Christians. It seems that his criticism was directed at his friend Doug Pagitt. When Dan refers to these “mean, bitter and angry” christians, he meant emerging christians like Doug Pagitt who say some of the meanest things. Since Dan and Doug are such close friends I am sure he must have visited Doug’s church often so he is speaking from knowledge, therefore there is no hypocrisy in Dan.

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