Monday, March 27, 2006
Hemant has posted his review of us!
So Hemant has posted his review of Via Christus. You can read it here. I was surprised at how positive and affirming it was.

Funny though, his one critique, that I did too much of the talking, was the same thing my wife said! :)


posted by Mike Clawson at 11:52 AM | Permalink |


At 3/27/2006 06:39:00 PM, Blogger Marty

Dear Mike:

I wish you well in your new church. Any friend of Hemant is a friend of a lot of us who are following his journey and learning from him. For the most part our respect has been independent of whether we call ourselves Christian or Atheist - or maybe would rather not be labeled.

From what Hemant describes - yours is a church that I would want to visit if I was in your area - and you are the type of minister I would like to hang out with.

It feels really good to be a part of trying to overcome the prejudices that Christians and Atheists have had about one another - including me. Hope you will continue to join us in the dialogue. There are some of us that think that there is something special happening here.


At 3/27/2006 07:15:00 PM, Blogger Mike Clawson

Thanks Marty, I appreciate your kind words. You're always welcome to come and visit us if you're ever in the Chicago area.

I take it as a strong compliment that someone like Hemant would feel comfortable in our church. It tells me that we're headed in the right direction.




At 3/27/2006 08:40:00 PM, Blogger renee

As I have experienced myself, your non-judgemental way of communicating your faith will draw many different people. Those who want a change in their current church and those who want to learn more but don't want the 'bible thumper'preaching style.
Send me a postcard :-)



At 3/27/2006 11:12:00 PM, Blogger Mike Clawson

Thanks Renee. That means a lot to me coming from you.



At 3/27/2006 11:44:00 PM, Anonymous Jason

Dude, that's jsut the way you've done things the entire time I've known you, from Shine to Guy's Group, to Via Christus. The way you speak is to set sparks in our mind and get us thinking about what exactly is going on with whatever we're talking about, engaging ourselves. The choice to ask questions is largely personal. That's just the way things go, and I for one kinda enjoy the way you talk, because you always lead us into the segways where we have activities or discussions, but always seem to keep it dead on topic.


At 3/28/2006 12:32:00 AM, Blogger The Sorge

I agree with marty... Any pastor who can recomend Green Day, U2, FIGHT CLUB!!!, Futurama, and the Simpsons.... Now that is a pastor I would like to hang out with... I dont know many who have seen let alone suggest viewing fight club..... thats awesome


At 3/28/2006 06:28:00 PM, Blogger anne


Connections are so crazy. I posted a thread on the Ooze recently about the ebay atheist, never dreaming that Via Christus would be one that Hement visited, and never dreaming that I would have just finished with a small connection of my own to your church. How heartening to read such a positive response to your church. I like what Marty said about how it feels really good to be a part of trying to overcome the prejudices that Christians and Atheists have had about one another. Maybe it's because I have loved ones who are Atheists that I learned a long time ago that "love one another" didn't have any qualifications tacked on to the end of that command.

P.S. "Endorsed by the eBay Atheist" would make an interesting postcard, wouldn't it?! :)


At 3/31/2006 09:48:00 AM, Blogger David Fitch

Hey Mike ...
Blessings on the new beginnings ... we're praying ... I have someone in my most recent class at Northern I am going to mhopefully send your way ... David Fitch


At 4/13/2006 07:52:00 PM, Blogger Marty

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At 5/01/2006 11:55:00 PM, Blogger Marty

Hi Mike - just so that you know - the reason I took my comments off of you blog is that they were the last comments for many days and I was getting paranoid that something I said had closed down the flow on your blog. I am very much appreciating your input on the Athiest/Christian Blog and Discussion Board.


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