…their fingers are typing.
This brilliant turn of a biblical phrase sums up the sympathy Dan Kimball expressed for Chris Rosebrough. Why? Because Chris had the nerve to spend time with Dan Kimball and as a result declared him a brother in Christ. Apparently this brought a slew of accusations against Chris Rosebrough on his Facebook wall. Not being a friend of Chris’s on Facebook, I did not see any of the attacks, but the excerpts make the point.
In response Chris Rosebrough dedicated his show on November 15th to an interview with Dan. I urge that you follow this link and listen to it: Fighting for the Faith, November 15, Dan Kimball Interview. I was excited to hear someone we have addressed as an ODM take the time to read Kimball and research his beliefs – and come to the conclusion that Kimball is a Bible-believing Christian who holds to the uniqueness of Christ, the existence of Hell, the authority of Scripture, a denial of universalism… etc. And even though Chris and Dan disagree on methodology… they look at each other as brothers in Christ.
Of course this does not settle the issue. As Kimball has said, some still accuse him even after being giving all the nescessary evidence to the contrary. And although in the interview Kimball affirmed that his theology has always been conservative and that he wished he had made more clear distinctions in the earlier years of the Emerging Church conversation, one site responds to the interview by posting;
Regardless of where he may, or may not, be now it’s simply beyond question that one of those involved with the [Emerging Church], right from very early on, would be Dan Kimball, author of The Emerging Church; no amount of attempts at obfuscation on anyone’s part can obscure that.
‘Tis true – out of the overflow of the heart the fingers type blogs, and the hearts of some still overflow with bile. But this is not the case for Chris Rosebrough. I am sure that there will be many things Chris says in the future that will make me cringe… yet at the risk of sounding condescending… I am thrilled and pleased to see Chris take discernment seriously.