A few of you may have met me at one of the UK Emergent meetings last November. A very few of you (that’s you Andrew!) actually have a bit of a history with me.
Anyway: my wife and I work in a church planting project in Switzerland. I’m hired 60% by the denomination. I have a first MA in Theological Studies from a small evangelical school in Holland; I’m finishing a Masters at a catholic theological faculty in Fribourg and I’m working at getting into a ThD program at the reformed faculty of the University of ZÃ¼rich. Oh - and the denomination I work for is anabaptist. So I have all the bases covered!
Anyway: my church is going through a lot of grief about devisive theological issues right now. Back in Novemeber I wrote an article on the Harry Potter phenom (I’m a big fan), arguing that the best way to encourage people to misread the books is to satanize them. I didn’t write in the church’s name, but I mentioned that I work for them - but many of my church leaders felt deeply hurt - that I had sullied our church’s good reputation.