Redux #9 — The Difference between Acceptance and Agreement

At the beginning of the year I want to repost “top ten” posts. On Friday, I’m reminding people about some posts before 2014 that people have kept reading — there is a “top ten” of them! Here is #9

In December of 2013 I was trying to help people accept each other even when they don’t agree. Acceptance comes from a deeper place than agreement — it actually provides the place where agreement can grow.

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What I want is what I have always wanted: to live in a community of trusted partners and act for redemption in every way we can think to act.

  • I hope we can be Bible-lovers — like many so-called “conservatives,”
  • I hope we can be welcoming and justice-seeking — like many so-called “liberals.”

I hope we will never stop calling people to follow Jesus as their Lord and to discern the movement of the Spirit for their direction. And I hope we will never stop trying to create an environment in which people can come to Christ in different ways, at different paces and according to their ability. I want Circle of Hope to be a safe place to explore and express God’s grace where truth does not kill and love does not lie.

I think that spirit makes Circle of Hope welcoming, not just to people naming various sexual identities, but also to people…

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About Rod White

Pastor for Circle of Hope. Graduate of Fuller Seminary, PhD in MFT from Eastern University.
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