So, I'm enjoying the "Leadership Forum" that focuses on the interaction between Kevin, Don and Mike. I'd make a comment on that thread but it's closed to allow a private exchange between these men. Perhaps I'm the only one that wants to comment. I'll go ahead and start a thread so that we can comment on the back and forth......well so at least that I can make comment on the back and forth.
1. This is so much fun I almost need oxygen!
2. To remind everyone, I have been saying Bauder really is a Type B guy (clearly one of the most conservative B guys) because he will have at least partial cooperation or exchange with a limited number of conservative evangelical men. Well, Kevin insists that really he is closer to the Type A category. In my thinking Type A guys essentially have no official cooperation with conservative evangelical men because they are outside "the tent"........or their other phrase of demarcation......"the camp!" (which who doesn't like camp......it means campfire and marsh-mellows and cyder and cumbaya* and well ..... all things koinonia! and testimonies and throwing twigs in the fire to mark one's re-dedication and one's re-re-dedication and one's re-re-re-dedicatino, etc........(Amen and amen!)
*(OK - personal testimony - A side note for some of you SI snob types who "disk" "cumbaya" - [very appropriate for me to share my feelings here at the SI campfire] - I feel that there is almost nothing better than cumbaya - as a matter of fact if it were up to me I'd always start the worship service off with the doxology and I'd always end it with cumbaya - but it's not up to me - so there you are - putting our arms around each other at the end of the Baptist service....or within the baptist "camp" keeps the typical Baptist church from becoming petrified if not permanently - "God's frozen chosen!" - if you know what I mean - Especially some of you Type A's - You people have to loosen up!)
3. So let's go with the theory Kevin is indeed belongs to what I call the Type A group. So - it dawns on me that the interaction between these three "A guys" (Mike, Don and Kevin) makes clearer a point I've made in a variety of places in the past. Not only do the Type A guys struggle with Type B men like myself (guys who are still connected with fundamentalism to one degree or another who also have some limited connection to some within the conservative evangelical world)......and not only do the Type A guys struggle with men within the Type C world (militant conservative evangelical types like Mac and Dever)........wait for it.......these dear Type A men even struggle with each other when their definition and practice of second and third and fourth level separation varies just a bit from each other!
The implication for all fundamentalist:
Friends - don't let your friends become Type A fundamentalist - rescue them from themselves and bring them over to the better side of the tent before it's tooooooo late!
PS - I'm going to ask that our friends Kevin, Don and Mike please do not comment on this forum. You guys are in the first class cabin up their in your forum. You wouldn't like it back here in "coach" anyway. They only serve us peanuts and water plus I'm sitting next to some guy whose wearing a T-shirt from Five Guys and they've given him a seat-belt extender. He doesn't smell very good. He's drinking lots of beer - he tells me He's Lutheran. We are comparing our approaches to physical exercise!