This is an email I sent to Jeff Myers earlier this week. He has graciously accepted my apology. Lane, if it’s OK with you, I’ll post this a couple of different places, so it gets seen.
I want to apologize for the way I brought up our private email exchange from a couple of years back on Lane’s blog. My methods were worldly and did not live up to the high standards required of my own ordination, or of even being a Christian, cf. Romans 12:18, etc.
As you well know, if you do hold to the beliefs and practices I mentioned and I have not misunderstood them, I do think them odd, and serious enough that a presbytery should determine their acceptability. But the more mature and courageous approach would have been for me to press you on that privately, and if need be formally, rather than ambushing you in public.
So, please accept my apologies. I will post something to this effect on Lane’s blog later at an appropriate place, but I wanted to do this privately with you first.
Sorry to say, the pole is NOT my creation. I was tipped off to it by the fact that http://www.ReformedNews.com featured my comments. I pray that it represents the GA!!! AnneIvy…now, now…no need for name calling!
The poll at reformednews.com is certainly interesting and I noted no safeguard to voting more than once (but I didn’t!). I also note that the site is hosted by name servers ns1.barlownet1.com and ns2.barlownet1.com.
Yes, I host reformednews.com – I also host cvbbs.com, prpbooks.com, opc.org, a dozen PCA churches, a handful of OPC churches, a construction company, a coffee company, etc. Hosting is my business, and barlownet1.com is my nameserver.
Chris, Pastor Hutchinson asked me the same thing, and so I’ll just cut and paste my answer here to save time:
Hi Pastor Hutchinson,
Since you’ve asked point blank, for full disclosure, I am involved in other ways besides hosting too, but the goal of anonymity being not to reveal any identities until the paper can establish a reputation for unbiased reporting. So judge RN by the content of the articles on their own merits, and if you detect bias, feel free to point it out in the comments on the site or in the discussion area. Maybe it was not a great plan, but it was the plan that made the most sense in holding RN to the goal of proving its good will in the endeavor given all the ad hominem stuff online. Anyway, I’ve been trying to get people interested in the idea of an independent, Reformed press for a long time on my blog, so it shouldn’t be surprising that I’m involved in some way.
Anyway, that’s pretty much all I want to say about my involvement right now. If it helps you to put a face on things, just assume I’ve done every single word of the site, but still judge the content on its own merit (and admire writers that don’t want personal recognition for their writings).
I will confirm that if I ever write any opinion content, I will put my name on it.
As for the poll, if you have some suggestion as to how the wording is biased or something, that would be a good thing to put in the discussion area for that post for other readers to see. RN is responsible for, at most, two or three votes cast to test it out. At various times throughout the poll’s run (it might still be running) different choices were ahead, so the outcome is just as much a surprise to RN as it would be to anyone.
Oliver Twist, by Charles Dickens; Justification, by John Fesko; The Wheel of Time, by Robert Jordan; Recovering the Reformed Confessions, by Scott Clark; Brief Outline of Theology, by Friedrich Schleiermacher; Principles of Sacred Theology, by Abraham Kuyper
Books I am now reading
Exodus commentaries; Matthew commentaries; Turretin's Institutes of Elenctic Theology; Baker's new history of the church
Books for future reading
Turretin's Institutes; Joseph Caryl on Job, German encyclopedias of theology