Nothing surprises me these days. But usually when I say that it’s in reference to something bad happening. In this case, I was surprised yesterday by an email I received from Dave Page, the subject of an earlier post. I typically will not and have not posted personal email correspondence, but in this case I felt it was fair to post it, so here it is:
As I have had read your website (especially the “Purpose Driven Pastor Season” post) I can now see I was wrong in my criticism of you and what you said. You really didn’t put Rick Warren down but were attacking blind followership to a church culture that I realize can be a big turnoff to the unchurched and many Christians as well. I let my emotions get the best of me as I was seeking to defend Rick, whom I greatly admire, and the pastors who attend his conferences – some of which are friends of mine. Forgive the rude comment I made toward you and your bloggers.
Please accept my apologies,
I have emailed Dave to thank him and accept his apology. I appreciate Dave’s willingness to come back and read a bit…and then to go above and beyond and apologize when he felt he was wrong.
I wish more pastors and church leaders who visit this site would stick around and dialogue. That’s the most disheartening thing. Some (like Jimmy Bob or Shieldsy and even Tony Jones back in the day) are willing to stick around and interact. Even though we largely don’t see eye-to-eye, they provide us balance. They’ve been attacked, laughed at, ridiculed and called out, but still they are willing to give us the opposing opinion and insight, and I greatly appreciate them for that.