Speaking the Truth in Love or The Cost of Doing Business

At the heart of [D]mergent burns the desire for the church to take on the difficult demands of a dialogue about where God is leading. What kinds of new ways does God seek to open up to us the grace of God’s reign? What traditions must we cling to as important expressions of our common life? What cherished orthodoxies must we be willing to set down as tools for a different time and place? These are difficult questions for us to ask, let alone to be called to answer. But the luxury of avoiding these thorny conversations has long since passed. We have no choice. The question is not whether we will have to confront change, but how will we do so in constructive ways? What follows is my small contribution in trying to set a loving framework for the conversation.

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