Dena posted the following story about Paul Young, the author of The Shack, on one of the lists she and I are both members of. I think it perfectly exemplifies the spirit Gary talked about in his article “A Peacekeeper.” And for anyone who read The Shack, the quote will make sense. For anyone who hasn’t read The Shack…you should.
Reminds me of what happened to Paul Young ... about a year ago, in Portland (his hometown, where a prophet is not welcome), he was being interviewed on radio (can't remember whether it was a Christian station or not). A woman called in, and blasted him in no uncertain terms, for being a heretic, a universalist, a new-ager, a false teacher, wolf in sheep's clothing ... all the typical names that are used in fear. After she was finished with her rant, she hung up (a drive-by sliming, LOL!). The host, obviously shocked at the venom,turned to Paul and said, "wow, you've been hit by a heresy-hunter!"
Paul just smiled, and said, "Papa's especially fond of her, too."