You may have read here on Andrew Jones’ comment that Doug Pagitt has invited Don Carson to spend some time with him at Solomon’s Porch.
Well I can report that, apparently, this won’t be happening. Someone who wants to remain anonymous, but is close to Carson emailed me saying they wanted people to know that he is just totally uninterested in spending time with people from the Emerging Church – which they felt reflected very badly on the book:
"Carson has shown little interest in making contact with anyone involved with emergent and the probability that he would visit one of the emergent churches, like Solomon’s Porch in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is highly unlikely. His unwillingness to dialogue with leaders of emergent (or attend any of their gatherings) seems to make the title of the book ‘Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church very ironic."
What a shame. I hope it isn’t true. Whatever the outcome, let’s make sure that we remain open to ‘the other’…