Fascinating discussion over at Rachel’s site. Rachel asked some excellent questions about a tract she received in the mail. Once the church started commenting, things got out of control. I can’t read the thread of posts without wincing a lot. I feel for these guys. They are well motivated, working hard, and you can sense their commitment. It’s hard not to feel bad that they’ve been hurt in this discussion. But the questions asked were more than fair. I don’t want to replicate the debate here, so please don’t comment pro or against either side. It did strike me, though, that this was the first real clash I’ve seen between the traditional form of church and whatever it is that you call this new thing. We will be seeing more of these clashes in the future. Probably the hardest thing to realize is that asking questions is not a personal attack, and if you have good answers you don’t need to fear the questions. I have this dream that the traditional forms of church will rise up and bless some of the newer forms. Just a dream. It didn’t happen here.