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Bill Kinnon

Perhaps I should try the strong, silent type more often. It was great that you could take the time to come hang with us.

The Allelon Netcast Roxburgh Journal podcast with you should be up around June 15th. The one with TSK goes up June 1.

becky garrison

Thanks for sharing your reflections. A lot of my thoughts about emerging church within US mainline churches (esp. the Episcopal and Lutheran churches) is starting to gel thanks in large part to your postings.

I have benefited greatly from dialoguing with my US evangelical brothers and sisters - as you know, issues such as the environment and Darfur have presented tremendous bridge building happening among groups I never thought would come together.The problem is that once you stop focusing on that particular issue, then the theological differences between mainliners and evangelicals can become very transparent especially around hot button topics such as the role of women and gays in the church. There are some evangelicals willing to build bridges but as you pointed out, there is an independent streak among some that hinders dialogue both in the US and UK.

But rather than bang my head against the wall trying to allow these people to open up the dialogue, seems more fruitful to focus on the significant opportunities that I see for synergy between US and UK mainline church leaders especially those coming from the Anglican tradition.

julie

i remember al from my baptist union of western canada days - actually 'the missionary congregation' was a really influential book in my thinking back then - way ahead of its time within the denomination though, especially because they were heavily into strategies for church planting and he was into missional ethos - great to hear that he is still providing some grit for the traditional denominational oyster to chew over !

jon birch

get over to nakedpastor.com and read the relatively recent blogs and conversations on vision (read strategy as vision)... absolutely brilliant stuff and very brave indeed.

julie

that's excellent - thanks jon !!

becky

I second Julie's comment - thanks Jon for bringing to light this voice - 'preciate it.

jon birch

you're all very welcome... i'm hanging out there alot at the moment... i like him.

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