Backhanded Compliments

Shaun King made me laugh recently. He related an email he received in which a stranger lambasted him, claiming that he was “shortchanging the Gospel” by making church and Christianity “sound fun.”

Awesome. That's a great criticism to receive. Reminds me of two of my favorite criticisms. One came a couple months ago, when a Christian, believe it or not, intended to insult me by saying, “he’s good at asking for forgiveness.”

The most recent was a couple days ago when I heard, through a member of the church, of a Christian neighbor who expressed disapproval of Cobblestone because it's just a "big party," or something like that.

I'll take both of those "insults." They're among the best compliments I've ever received!

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