I’m a hothead. I have been as far back as I can remember. My wife and friends can surely attest to this. Perhaps it is my fake red-dyed hair, perhaps it’s genes; whatever it is, I’ve been known to fall headlong into being an ass.
Michael Spencer, the famous “internetmonk,” recently wrote a piece about the new Anglican Church in North America. Somehow, what started on my part as a mere clarification on matters of fact turned into a rather confusing exchange that can only happen on the comment thread of a blog. The kind where it gets exceeding difficult to properly preface and explain and there is a two-way confusion as to the tone of the other people. By the end I was left exasterbated, feeling that I had both not communicated clearly and not been understood generously.
In a delicious piece of irony, just as I was feeling ‘ok’ about it, I gave my twitter feed one last check before I went to work the night shift. Low and behold I was mentioned there and I left angry.
In the end it doesn’t really matter. As I made a fool of myself in public I might as well do it again.
Michael, for being uncharitable, rude, arrogant, and confusing I apologize. In the end I have massive amounts of respect for you and am concious of the fact that you have been preaching probably about as long as I’ve been alive. It’s not the first time I’ve been stupid, and it won’t be the last.
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Still, I would like to clarify a few points if you are still interested
– I never once said nor implied that the honorable Dr. J.I. Packer is a schismatic. What I said was that, if we have indeed been given the “ministry of reconciliation” then it will always be a part of our calling, even if we have been wronged. I don’t defend what happened to him.
– I never said TEC has got its act together. What I meant was that there are still a large majority of parish priests who are orthodox. TEC has not apostocized.
– The first line prefacing the first Anglican Prayer book says this: “There was never any thing by the wit of man so well devised, or so sure established, which in continuance of time hath not been corrupted” This was the line I had in mind when I suggested that one of the reasons that I do not “fully” support the ACNA is because, though it be now full of evangelistic zeal and faithful adherence to Scripture, if it stands the test of time, it too will need reforming. We none of us can long avoid the consequences of sin in our midst, which is why searching for a/the pure church is an empty quest. I never called them schismatics.
– Referencing N. T. Wright was not meant to be analagous to the situation with Packer. I know he was not served papers. What I meant to imply was merely that some Evangelicals have stayed despite the ‘liberalism,’ Wright being one of the chief among them. But, it is not a goood example I concede
– Once again, I’m sorry for being an ass