While I am happy to find out that others beside my relatives read my blog, as one of the instigators in the US / Brit Battle Royale my sense of the blog commenting war is that it has to stop.

Conversation is fine. Engagement is to be encouraged. Critique is acceptable.

Name calling isn’t.

The reality is that there is much more that unites us than divides us. We share a dream of a new kind of church (to purloin Brother McLaren’s title). We are all working toward the same thing.

Bob Carlton sent me an email last night that I used in the weekly e-mail I send my church members. He quoted Thomas Merton: Our job is to love others without stopping to inquire whether or not they are worthy. That is not our business and, in fact, it is nobody’s business. What we are asked to do is to love, and this love itself will render both ourselves and our neighbors worthy if anything can.

It seems like a good sentiment in some of these recent discussions.


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