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In defense of Juneau Fest and the Great Awakening

Posted: December 11, 2012 - 1:00am

I am saddened by your publication of the article on the ministry of Rodney Howard-Browne and Juneau Fest.

The weekend before last several churches here in Sitka hosted a representative of the Great Awakening Team. He was the most courteous, sincere, and competent young man. We pastors who work to bring the gospel into a world that is often indifferent, and sometimes hostile to our message, were refreshed, encouraged, and inspired.

I will be attending the meetings in Juneau later this week, because I appreciate the joy and liberty which are gifts of the Holy Spirit offered us by Jesus Christ. I may not endorse everything RHB’s ministry says or does, but could say the same about every minister (except my husband :), church, and denomination on the face of the earth. Human beings ought to be able to extend a bit of grace to one another something totally lacking in the article — especially during this Christmas season.

Just think how you would feel if someone investigated you, quick to write down every negative comment they could solicit from people who have heard of you. Highlight mean-spirited accusations from people unwilling to identify themselves. Report all the critical ones, add in some malicious interpretations of your motives. Give the piece a scandalous title, bury a few sentences in your defense far into the article, and then publicize it.

Rev. Diane Wonnenberg

Sitka

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