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  • Daniel Elwell
    Sep 16, 2003
      Thanks for your post. I'm glad you found us!

      ANKOC and it's sequel, The Story We Find Ourselves In
      (TSWFOI) can catalyze thiking in some interesting
      ways. That is of course Brian's chief reason for
      writing the books - to stimulate thinking.

      I'm not exactly sure what you are specifically asking
      for, though. Are you looking for folks to correspond
      with about about what you discover from the book? Or
      are you looking for a penpal to read through the book
      with you.

      I'm sure there are many folks on this list that might
      be willing to share their points of view on the topics
      in the book.


      --- christophilus1 <christophilus@...> wrote:
      > Hi folks,
      > (I posted this to "ANKOC" on Yahoo but thought I
      > would post it here
      > too.)
      > I just finished reading all 300-and-some posts there
      > (pant, pant) and
      > I've enjoyed what I've found so far.
      > First, a little about me and then I would like to
      > ask a request (I
      > know, poor manners for a newbie).
      > I have been a conservative, fundamentalist Christian
      > for 31 years.
      > But I have reached a point where I want to grow in
      > my faith in Christ
      > but leave behind some "baggage" that I have
      > accumulated over the
      > years and that, I feel, weighs me down in my journey
      > to know Christ
      > more. I'll be frank, I am sick and tired of all the
      > arguing,
      > judging, self-righteousness, divisions, and control
      > that I have
      > experienced in churches for the past 31 years. I am
      > also sick and
      > tired of all of these same things that I find in
      > myself and I long
      > for freedom. Jesus promised us life, an easy yoke,
      > a light burden
      > and rest for our souls. I have found very little
      > those things in the
      > institutionalized church (I know, they are found in
      > Christ alone),
      > but I want to grow in grace. To be honest, I've
      > considered giving up
      > Christianity and church altogether but I can't give
      > up my faith in
      > Christ. Quite a predicament, huh?
      > So I was searching the net one day under the subjuct
      > of "ex-
      > fundamentalism" (yes, I'm desperate) and someplace I
      > found a link to
      > McLaren's book "ANKOC." I picked up the book and
      > gave it a cursory
      > reading. I found much in there that has stimulated
      > my thinking to
      > think "outside of the box" and I also found much
      > that I think I need
      > to work out through discussion.
      > Enough about me. The forum at "ANKOC" is
      > 5000-and-some messages
      > long. I simply don't have the internet time to go
      > and read all of
      > them and any questions that I would post concerning
      > "ANKOC" would be
      > water under the bridge at this point. Especially
      > seeing as 1) I
      > don't want to disrupt the current topic and 2)
      > Brian's new book is
      > out (which I have but have not read).
      > Here is my request: Is there anyone here on this
      > forum that would be
      > willing to "start again" so-to-speak with "ANKOC?" I
      > realize this
      > would involve alot of work and probably another
      > forum here on Yahoo
      > (NKOC2?). I have another friend who would also be
      > interested in
      > going through the book and discussing it.
      > So are there any NKOC's here that would be willing
      > to journey anew
      > through Brian's "AKNOC" book? I would sure
      > appreciate it. And with
      > all the members here, maybe someone else would enjoy
      > it, too?
      > Sincerely,
      > christophilus


      Daniel W. Elwell

      Email: dwelwell@...

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