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Johnny Turvin

August 11, 2012  1:00pm

We all have our own influential persons in our Christian formation. These persons speak to something resonant in our personality. John Ortberg is one of mine. That he is a white male has no bearing on the manner with which his "voice" resonates with my "inner ear". The point of the article could as easily have been made by anyone of any physical description. Are we hearing the message, or are we examining the meesager? To do the latter is to build the very fences which the message cautions against. Would a thirsty person refuse to drink from a well based on who dug the well? Only if a fence restrained them.

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Gary Stewart

July 25, 2012  5:08pm

I found the article well reasoned and relevant for our times. I am an American male (although I'm not sure why that matters) but I have ministered in India and two different African countries and think the issue of well digging v fence building relevant for those places as well

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Mary Fisher

July 18, 2012  1:02am

John Ortberg, May I suggest some other than white and other than male names. I confess I read your article with a growing sense of "Here we go again...cognitive control is his paradigm". And when I saw all the names I thought Menlo Park for goodness sakes send him overseas to a non English speaking country for a few years.

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Mary Fisher

July 18, 2012  1:01am

John Ortberg, May I suggest some other than white and other than male names. I confess I read your article with a growing sense of "Here we go again...cognitive control is his paradigm". And when I saw all the names I thought Menlo Park for goodness sakes send him overseas to a non English speaking country for a few years.

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David Severy

July 17, 2012  10:20pm

from the article: "I know the word evangelical is just about shot in our broader culture. But no good replacement has come along yet." Some one teaches that evangelists are church planters. I am quite enamored of this view.

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