Mike Cope's blog

Saturday, February 25, 2006

Most years no one wanted to bother running against Bob Hunter. It wasn't worth the time and effort. Bob has been such a respected state representative that he always cruised through elections--with or without opponents. Bob was never afraid to cross political boundaries to support important causes. This year he isn't running for reelection because he's battling prostate cancer. So my friend Mel Hailey has tossed his hat in the ring. Mel will soon know who his opponent is. There are four good candidates in the Republican primary. And if Susan King happens to slip past Rob Beckham (who's surely the favorite to win), Mel will have to work to get Diane's vote. Diane, like many public school teachers, is a big fan of Susan. She has worked hard, following in the tradition of Betty Davis, to be an advocate for both students and teachers in the Abilene Independent School District. Of course one other possibility is that Beckham and King could split a lot of the same voting constituency, and one of the other two candidates (John Young and Kevin Christian--both of whom are impressive) could forge ahead. Or what if the three Abilene candidates (Beckham, King, Christian) split the Abilene vote, and Young carried Sweetwater? My guess? Mel will be facing Rob Beckham. But whoever wins will be filling the position of a very good state rep! Thanks, Bob Hunter, for these many years of service to our district.


  • I remember selling Girl Scout cookies to Bob Hunter when I was a Brownie and my mom took me to all the offices in the Ad building at ACU to solicit. He's a good man, and he will be missed as our representative. Sounds like there are a lot of good candidates out there vying for his spot. Now that I'm voting age....it will be difficult to decide.

    On another note, Mike, do you know anything about a service for Kerri?

    By Blogger Heather A, at 2/25/2006 08:55:00 AM  

  • Yes. I'm about to leave for Big Spring to do the graveside service for Kerri. Then there will be a memorial service at Highland on Tuesday morning. Thanks for asking, Heather. I'm sure there are others wanting to know.

    By Blogger Mike, at 2/25/2006 09:16:00 AM  

  • Is there only one Bob Hunter? Every time I turn on the TV or go to an event he is there! I'm pretty sure its an underground, hush-hush, cloning deal. I'm just pretty sure he can't be everywhere...I feel for the one who steps in his place..he's pretty cool..

    By Blogger Beverly, at 2/25/2006 10:53:00 AM  

  • Mike, nice to hear you're following the election. Mel Hailey is a great guy and I was thrilled to see him throw his hat in the ring.

    On a slightly different note, I had thought about dropping a note to the office but instead I'll toss it out here.

    A few days ago I received a letter in the mail from my "friends at Highland," urging me to "vote Christian." I'm sure you can see the double meaning... Anyway, these "friends" said that they are endorsing Kevin Christian as being the candidate that represents our "values."

    Personally, I was pretty disgusted. Seeing as the names of several church leaders was on the letter, and presumably my name came from the Highland directory, was this a defacto church endorsement? Just bad judgment on the part of a few leaders?

    This was a clear ploy to play on members' respect for these leaders of the community. Of course Christians should be involved in the process... But do our leaders really think it's appropriate to pull on their status in the community - even lacking any personal relationship with those they're soliciting.

    I don't know if it's besides the fact or not, but what about the fact that as far as I know all the candidates are professing Christians? I know that at least one is an elder... and yet these respected church leaders are pressuring me to vote for the one man that supposedly represents "our values?" What values? Surely their candidate isn't the most faithful, mature, or spiritual... at leas tI know I'm not in a position to make that claim.

    Anyway... sorry to rant. I was just really irked. And, well, this little blog community seems like just as good a place as any to hash out just what Christians should be doing at times like these. What are the roles and obligations of our community leaders? What is the roles of believers? Should we be lobbying against a brother in Christ? Questioning his values? Maybe... I don't know... I just didn't like the feel of this letter I got in the mail.

    By Blogger Defunct Seminarian, at 2/25/2006 02:59:00 PM  

  • Hey - I got one of those too. I thought the church sent it? I didn't think the church could legally endorse a candidate, ya know with that whole church and state thing? Maybe I'm confused...It's likely.

    By Blogger Hollie, at 2/25/2006 03:10:00 PM  

  • NO, NO, NO. This is not an endorsement from Highland. I'm so sorry. I know nothing about this.

    Just returned from doing Kerri's graveside. Very touching time to be able to speak to the girls in that gathering.

    By Blogger Mike, at 2/25/2006 04:05:00 PM  

  • I can now confirm this: we did not give out a mailing list. Of course anyone who's a member has a membership directory and could type in the names. But we did not give out the names, and we are not endorsing the candidate.

    If a church DOES endorse a candidate--as apparently this letter gave some the incorrect impression--it can lose its tax exempt status.

    I am so very sorry this happened.

    By Blogger Mike, at 2/25/2006 04:17:00 PM  

  • As Mike said, "so much of Christianity has nothing to do with Jesus". I marvel at how some attacks on candidates of "the other party" can come out of the same mouths of those who believe that "they will know we are Christians by our love."

    By Blogger Kate, at 2/25/2006 04:41:00 PM  

  • If the church did not give out the list, and did not endorse the candidate, there is no need to apologize. I think, Mike, that you might be angry (righteously, of course), or regret that some person has abused the reputation of the church. I think that your elders should ask the candidate involved, or his managers, why this happened, and ask them to say that they are sorry and will publish a public apology for the misrepresentation. Of course, that's just my opinion.

    By Blogger Michael Summers, at 2/25/2006 04:50:00 PM  

  • Sorry, didn't mean to alarm anyone... and I'm glad to hear that this wasn't anything "official," but I think it does raise a good question. When an election is filled with Christian candidates, should we be lining up as endorsers or attempting to rally the vote around our candidate - and consequently against our other brothers and sisters that are running?

    Personally, I support Mel because of his politics. But, I couldn't presume that any of those running are less faithful in their walk or would be less faithful in their representation of Christian values.

    Anyway, in this case, I don't see how to do anything but "vote Christian" - seeing who all the candidates are - but I don't think that necessarily means what some lobbyists out there hope it to mean.

    By the way, as far as I know and believe, everyone running is a fine person. I raised the question about this one event, but I don't think that it necessarily reflects on any candidate... in fact I've heard great things about both Kevin & Susan.

    Thanks for the blog Mike... I'm a longtime lurker. And I understand if this is a better discussion for another forum - I appreciate how your blog stays above much of the fray and is always a great source of edification.

    By Blogger Defunct Seminarian, at 2/25/2006 05:22:00 PM  

  • I'm just not gonna vote...naw..just kidding...just a little levity..

    By Blogger Beverly, at 2/25/2006 06:13:00 PM  

  • I got the "Vote Christian" letter this week, too.

    I was genuinely surprised by those who chose to sign it -- an elder and his wife, a very influential ACU/Highland couple, a former elder, and a longtime Highland member and ACU icon.

    I'd like to think the double entendre emblazoned across the front of the envelope -- Vote Christian -- was an accident, but I doubt it. The thing that irked me the most, however, was the fact that Highland's name was used on the front of the envelope. Even if it had just been from the four signers individually, I wouldn't have had as much of a problem -- but it brought a heavy dose of "you are a Christian and a Highland member and we have a responsibility to support our own" into it. It even mentioned how Christian's wife grew up at Highland -- shameless...

    (also, nowhere on the letter was the statement, "Kevin Christian approves this letter." Doesn't it need his endorsement in order to be legit?? Just wondering...)

    Anyway, I knew you would be equally as annoyed at this ploy, Mike, and I appreciated your response earlier. I agree that you don't have anything for which to apologize, because you have never stooped to bringing partisan politics into your ministry. I appreciate that. If you want to see the letter or discuss this further, drop me an e-mail sometime.


    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 2/25/2006 09:45:00 PM  

  • Mel is a "cathedral thinker" meaning he will work on solutions to problems that we may not see finished in our lifetime. Such as water for West Texas. 50yrs ago some thought was given to pipe water from the Miss river to West Texas, but it died on the table. Cost too much money! Now there's an effort to sell subsurface water to the highest bidder by some large corporations. Texas has some big water rights problems, but that's not what the mailers are talking about----Water now that's a public issue and we have very few talking about it.
    I received a mailer from Susan today, talking about immigration policy, the last I looked the Texas Legislature has no dog in this fight, but its great political talk, since Dec 29, 1845 we reliquished our control of the borders to the Federal Government, with a slight interlude in 1861-1870.

    By Blogger Homer, at 2/25/2006 09:47:00 PM  

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    By Blogger RightMiddleLeft, at 2/25/2006 11:23:00 PM  

  • Maybe it's time for a quote from Yancey's "The Jesus I Never Knew." Unfortunately, [or maybe I should say, fortunately], my copy is on loan. But toward the last last third of the book he addresses our [believers'] political activity.
    He says something to the effect that we are commissioned by God to seek out the lost, to be active in God's Kingdom work. We are not called out to be active in politics - that Jesus avoided getting enmeshed in the politics of His day.

    This is not to say we are to avoid being politically aware and responsible in our voting, etc. It's just that our first priority always should be God's kingdom work. [my comment, not Yancy's]

    My former pastor has often said we should not let our politics identify who we are in our Faith. Jesus is our identity.

    I'm sorry to hear about this letter, especially since it could jeopordize Highland's tax exempt status, no small thing. Let's pray the damage can be righted by those that distributed the letter, the sooner the better, imho!!

    By Blogger Kathy, at 2/26/2006 05:00:00 AM  

  • Am I the only one cathcing the irony of these comments on the blog of a pulpit minister who has endorsed Mel Hailey by virtue of a hyperlink to his election page, Susan King by referencing his wife's endorsement, and has included both Rob Beckham and Susan King in bold print but has left John Young and Kevin Christian in regular type? Since this blog address is referenced on the Highland website, and I hear the blog has been referenced from the Highland pulpit, could this not be understood to be a platform very akin to the Highland pulpit? What are we really talking about here? Just vote for whomever you want!

    By Blogger Just Another Person, at 2/26/2006 10:07:00 AM  

  • Just Another Person,
    You can't be anymore correct! Thank you for your comment ... exactly what I was thinking of posting and you got to it before me. It is very ironic. I believe the whole "letter situation" to be completely legal, it is just a matter of 4 Highland members who wanted to endorse Kevin Christian and so they sent letters to their fellow members. I'd do the same thing! Thank you to those who did send the letter. It is nice to know that there are people who want to do some research and send out letters on a candiates behalf. BTW, anyone wanting information about Kevin Christian can go to www.electchristian.com Do the research and vote for who you think is best qualified.

    Have a great day!

    By Blogger college guy, at 2/26/2006 10:40:00 AM  

  • Glad to hear from you College Guy. Since the purpose of this blog is to "sniff out the work of God," then apparently endorsing Mel Hailey and Susan King is the work of God. I don't know, all of this seems a bit overkill to me.

    By Blogger Just Another Person, at 2/26/2006 11:01:00 AM  

  • "Just another person"...I didn't catch that, but I did catch that Mike said that Young and Christian were impressive....

    By Blogger Beverly, at 2/26/2006 11:14:00 AM  

  • Beverly, some how that's not quite the same as a hyperlink to an election site. I don't know, maybe I'm as hypersensitive as other's who've posted on this blog.

    By Blogger Just Another Person, at 2/26/2006 11:30:00 AM  

  • I do not usually read Mike’s blog—I have enough trouble just keeping up with email. But, on Thursday, I wanted to learn more about Kerri Lane, so I read what Mike had written and responded. Then Wayne and I were told to go back to Mike’s blog yesterday, to see all the interaction about the letter that was sent out by Kevin Christian’s campaign. I can only speak for myself and Wayne (who does not like blogs), not the other co-signers. In signing the letter and endorsing Kevin’s campaign, we did not intend any offense; we are profoundly sorry for any that was caused.

    When Kevin first decided to run, he asked Wayne and me for his support, and we agreed. We know Kevin personally; he was in my British literature class many years ago, and he has remained our friend since then. We appreciate Kevin’s vision and zeal. And, if Bob Hunter hired him, he has got to be the real deal. This does not mean that the other candidates are not qualified, could not represent us well, or are not Christians, etc. Each of us should make an informed decision about this important race.

    We were unaware of the wording on the envelope; when our letter arrived, I quickly opened it without looking at the outside. Then, since I had read the copy, I threw both of them away. (I wish I could retrieve them now, so we could understand all the consternation.)

    I agree that Mike has nothing to apologize for—neither he nor Highland sent the letter, and I do not know how addresses were obtained. Perhaps Kevin’s last name is a blessing and a curse, given this situation. I cannot imagine Kevin or any of the other co-signers believing that the other candidates are not Christians. We’re called to be in the world, and I appreciate the courage it takes to put oneself forward as these candidates have.

    Again, we did not intend any offense. We cherish our community with the Highland church. The most important thing is that we’ve been given free will by God and a choice by our government. Let’s move forward.

    By Blogger Mimi Barnard, at 2/26/2006 11:39:00 AM  

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    By Blogger college guy, at 2/26/2006 11:59:00 AM  

  • Mimi,
    right on! thank you for your post ... hopefully everyone will understand a little more now.

    btw, thanks for your support for kevin!

    college guy

    By Blogger college guy, at 2/26/2006 12:00:00 PM  

  • Seriously..maybe just welcome all the info you can on each candidate and I think everyone makes their own intelligent decision when they vote..
    I know about Susan King and I taught Beckham's kids so I welcome info on this Mel Hailey dude...
    and then.......
    take a breath...calm down....I am sure Mike Cope did not sit down at his computer and slight others with an intention to influence your vote.

    By Blogger Beverly, at 2/26/2006 12:15:00 PM  

  • Hmmmm....been reading this blog a long time but I rarely comment. I have remarked many times to friends about Mike's ability to keep us thinking about our political freedoms and our political responsibilities without pushing any particular cause or party. That's amazing with all that is going on. I get horrible hate emails and ridiculous rhetoric sent to me every day....often about a former president, or his wife, or the current president and his staff. It is unclear to me how we equate that with "loving our neighbor".

    There is a vast difference in sending out letters of endorsement to all members of a church (many of whom are insulted by them) and Mike telling of his friend, Mel....Diane's colleague...etc., on his own blog that we choose to read of our own accord.

    I say, if you don't like the blog....don't read it. It won't be sent to your home. I don't agree with many comments here, but I don't accuse you of this or that because I don't agree.

    Max Lucado's book "It's Not About Me" helped me so much to stop trying to make everyone think like me. It's really not about ME! It's about Jesus and loving our fellow man....all of them. In this instance, Republican or Democrat!

    By Blogger Kate, at 2/26/2006 12:21:00 PM  

  • You know this is Mike's blog. I don't hink he out and out said "Vote for Mel" or Vote for Susan". He just discussed the election as he does a number of events and topics.
    ANYWAY it looks like Abilene will continue to have fine representation no matter who is elected.

    Bob Hunter was one of my favorite ACU people. I ran into him on a sidewalk in New York city after I left ACU and he remembered my name. I was so impressed with that.

    Many years ago Dr. Hailey was my political science prof for three semesters in a row. I'll never forget some of those class debates! Though I didn't usually sit on the same side of the fence as he did politically, I always admired his thinking and loved the way he taught!

    By Blogger SG, at 2/26/2006 12:25:00 PM  

  • JustAnotherPerson and CollegeGuy -

    I'm perfectly fine with these HCC members supporting their candidate. They can write letters and put up signs all day long. One of them wrote a letter to the editor which I thought was very good.

    What people must not do is give the impression (as this letter clearly did to some) that Highland was endorsing a candidate. I would not want this no matter which of the five candidates was endorsed.

    No one thinks my blog is giving Highland's official position. It's my daily blather. It isn't Highland's position on politics, guacamole, or coaching.

    If I put up a sign in my yard (which I don't do), it isn't therefore Highland's position. But if the sign connect's my position to Highland's position, then there is a problem. (A problem which has potential tax emempt problems, by the way.)

    My blog was about Bob Hunter, a Republican congressman whom I deeply appreciate. I mentioned five candidates and said good things about all five. I could live with the election of any of them. One, however, happens to be a friend.

    By Blogger Mike, at 2/26/2006 01:58:00 PM  

  • Mike, you are correct that your blog is not an official statement from Highland. But then again, neither is a letter sent from 6 Highland members, not on Highland stationary, not with a Highland return address, and the postage on which was not paid by Highland, at least as I understand it. It’s 2006 now, and all of us receive information through various forms (email, snail mail, blogs, internet, television, magazines, newspapers, and other forms), all which can be unsolicited. Most people who think it through can easily realize that none of these forms of information keep us from deleting, throwing away, not reading, not surfing, turning the dial, not subscribing, etc. I doubt seriously that any tax exempt status was ever jeopardized. Surely it would take a letter from you or the elders, on Highland stationary, and with postage paid by the Highland budget, to warrant such an action. Instead, we have you and 6 other Highland members exercising your freedom to express opinions about a candidate.

    By Blogger Just Another Person, at 2/26/2006 02:33:00 PM  

  • J.A.P. - Stuff like that goes out all the time and people pitch it and go on. But why did I get calls from people who were upset about this one? Why was this different? Because the envelope said that it was from your friends at Highland. It led some to believe that we had endorsed a candidate. I wouldn't want that to happen whether it was Mel, Beckham, King, Christian, or Young.

    I guess you can say, those people were stupid. But I can tell you this: it happened often enough with people who are pretty bright that I think lines were crossed.

    By Blogger Mike, at 2/26/2006 03:20:00 PM  

  • did a little research and thought this might make Mike and Highland members feel a little better ...

    "from 1954 to the present, no church has ever lost its tax-exempt status for endorsing or opposing political candidates. This history alone should alleviate unfounded fear."

    "Pastors can personally endorse or oppose political candidates, personally work for political candidates, and personally contribute to them. Also, a pastor's name may appear in a published ad or letter signifying the pastor's endorsement of the candidate, and the pastor's title and affiliation with the church can also be listed"

    just that was some good stuff i found ... should make mike feel "safer" ... i don't think the letters are anywhere near a level that would even suggest the tax exempt status could have been lost.

    By Blogger college guy, at 2/26/2006 03:23:00 PM  

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    By Blogger Mike, at 2/26/2006 03:56:00 PM  

  • That's all very correct. And completely irrelevant. Here's the point: a church cannot endorse a candidate. Highland has NOT endorsed a candidate, but some very intelligent people were led to believe we had.

    By the way, College Guy, could you come out of the closet so I know who I'm talking to?

    And if you don't think this is a real issue, you haven't been following the news. IRS is investigating a church in Southern California over a sermon that was preached during the 2004 election year that seemed to endorse a candidate. Repeat: a church cannot endorse a candidate.

    And again: I'm happy for all six of the people who sent the letter to endorse their candidate. I'm guessing he'd make a fine representative. They can put up yard signs, write letters until their fingers are numb, etc.

    By Blogger Mike, at 2/26/2006 03:58:00 PM  

  • Mike, I think your blog was much more than the following:

    "My blog was about Bob Hunter, a Republican congressman whom I deeply appreciate. I mentioned five candidates and said good things about all five. I could live with the election of any of them. One, however, happens to be a friend."

    More than twice the number of words were devoted to talking about the candidates rather than lauding Bob's service. Only Mel's name was linked to his election page, and until later today, John and Kevin's names were not bolded for emphasis.

    I guess I'm confused by the meaning of your blog. They could just be mistakes, but it takes a few extra keystrokes to bold names and create a hyperlink.

    Also, from what I can tell, you have a great many "closeted" comments posted to your blog. Is it only the one's with whom you disagree that you encourage to "come out of the closet?"

    By Blogger Just Another Person, at 2/26/2006 04:17:00 PM  

  • We got that letter and I cannot see how it was thought to be sanctioned by Highland in any way. And Mimi knows that I would do my best not to defend her (gotcha). Seriously, I think that was a bit of a stretch to assume it was. Serenity now, people. Serenity now.

    By Blogger Val, at 2/26/2006 05:31:00 PM  

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    By Blogger RightMiddleLeft, at 2/26/2006 07:27:00 PM  

  • I have to admit that I think it's donwright silly to assume that everything Mike says is right in line with what Highland as a whole thinks. Especially in regards to something like which political candidate he has a link to on his blog. Seriously now.

    By Blogger Chris Field, at 2/26/2006 07:49:00 PM  

  • Val, Maybe I was completely off-base, but I was taken aback by the letter when it came in the mail. I get enough Highland mailouts that this one certainly looked like it fit. Trust me, I am certainly not looking for ways to drag my faith community through the mud here...I just know when something hits me wrong. This letter did. My first thought was, "I would have expected this from other churches in town, but not Highland."

    Maybe my uncomfortableness with the letter stems from past experiences with church-politics crud. I visited another church in town for about a year and remained on its e-mail listserv. I got e-mails before the 2004 presidential election encouraging me to vote for a particular candidate. I also received e-mails before vote regarding a complete ban on same-sex marriage in Texas in 2005. Both of these e-mails implied that my faith was in some way wrapped up in how I came down on these two votes.

    Now I realize that in no way did the signers of the "Vote Christian" letter intend to cause this confusion or imply that it was Highland's endorsement, but that realization came after my initial concern (and comment on this blog). By the way, thanks to Dr. Barnard -- my wonderful Major British Writers professor -- for chiming in. My issue is not with you or any of the other signers, but with the wording on the outside of the envelope, which you obviously knew nothing about. Just curious -- did the Kevin Christian campaign write the letter, or did one of the signers?

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 2/26/2006 08:39:00 PM  

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    By Blogger Mike, at 2/26/2006 08:41:00 PM  

  • All right, my last note on this.

    Bob Hunter: great guy.

    Five candidates running: very impressive, all Christian, can't lose.

    Letter: not an endorsement of a candidate by Highland but rather an endorsement by six Highland members. Highland (as a church) wouldn't endorse any of the candidates. Can't do that. And wouldn't do that. (Thanks so much to Mimi for taking the time to clarify this for everyone.)

    Blessings on all of them and their families.

    By Blogger Mike, at 2/26/2006 08:43:00 PM  

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    By Blogger RightMiddleLeft, at 2/27/2006 02:00:00 AM  

  • I'm laughing in my oatmeal (with walnuts and blueberries). I thought I'd seen the last of this Sunday night, but here we are again. If someone has the energy to post at 4:00 a.m., then I want to respond at 6:25. Of course a Muslim has the right to run and be elected, and do an excellent job. That's what so great about our country. I don't know Dr. Patel, so I cannot speak about him.

    I do not know who wrote the letter or the wording on the envelope. It was late Monday evening, and I had just gotten back from a quick trip to Dallas. Kevin dropped by the house to get our signatures. I remember that we tried writing our names twice, just to be sure the scanning would take.

    So, to quote a famous phrase, "Can't we just all get along?" (And Steve, you, like Kevin, are one of those students from yesteryear that I hold dear to my heart.)

    By Blogger Mimi Barnard, at 2/27/2006 04:48:00 AM  

  • Steve Jr., (miss you in children's ministry by the way) we get mailings from candidates and from Highland often and the two really did not resemble one another. This letter had a larger-than-usual rubber stamp return address that was from the Christian Campaign, there was no letter head identifying it as being from Highland, the text did not say it was from Highland. I worry that to suggest otherwise calls into question the integrity of those who signed it. While I can't say that his signature will impact my vote, I do think Mr. Fowler is the kind of person who has impacted many lives. I would just suggest that everyone chill on this issue. We can all play nice. Like Mike said, they are all probably good people. By the way, our mayor (also a Higland elder) has endorsed a candidate. Since he represents Abilene, does that mean that all of Abilene has endorsed a candidate? Now, for my endorsement... Buff Hackney. (It was kinda sad when he quit running for Mayor and city council. He was our local and more wacky version of Kinky Friedman.)

    By Blogger Val, at 2/27/2006 05:46:00 AM  

  • I'm cool if everyone else is...

    I miss the Highland Children's Ministry, too, Val! Those kiddos are great.

    Thanks for the kind words, Mimi. If every one of my undergraduate liberal arts courses were like yours, I think I might have completed a degree or two more by now.

    Blessings to all.

    ps...Val, I am sorta sad that we'll be living out of state in November, because I was hoping I'd have the chance to "Vote Kinky." C'mon, he'd be such a fun governor? Right? C'mon...

    By Blogger Steve Jr., at 2/27/2006 07:38:00 AM  

  • Wow... nothing like politics to bring out the inner children in all the adults of Abilene!

    Clearly, this was not an endorsement by Highland, but unfortunately, it was easily mistaken as such; the "friends" at Highland really should've insisted on proofing the final mailings before they were sent out. I'm sure they've learned their lesson!

    Politically, I agree with a lot of what Kevin Christian says, but I think that he has made several errors in judgement, particularly this mailing and using the double entendre of the name "Christian" ad nauseum. Things like that are probably enough to keep me from voting for him...

    By Blogger 27th Street, at 2/27/2006 07:46:00 AM  

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    By Blogger college guy, at 2/27/2006 09:10:00 AM  

  • Knowing Kevin from school and being a former student of Mimi Barnard's as well I can say with some confidence that any offense could not have been intended in the letter.

    I think sensitivity is the issue here. Enough people saw the letter or it's specific wording as being inappropriate whether the authors intended it that way or not. I don't think it was intended, but we all make mistakes. I think that's been made clear.

    College guy, Highland can link to websites that are not connected officially to the church all it wants. That's why it is a link and not part of the website itself. It is an outside link, which also include ACU and other ministries and blogs.

    By Blogger Kyle, at 2/27/2006 01:08:00 PM  

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