Ken Silva was a longtime internet nemesis of mine, and probably the most singleminded opponent of the emerging church movement on the internet. But it wasn’t just me and emergent at which he took aim. Ken was against everyone — Rick Warren, the Catholic Church, John Piper, John MacArthur, liberals, Brian McLaren, women pastors, gays, etc. Ken was among those who first referred to my friend as Pastrix Nadia Bolz-Weber. He treated all of us with savagery and brutality.
June 17, 2011 may have been the best day of Ken Silva’s life. It was also, most probably, the worst day in the history of journalism. For it was on that day that the USA Today quoted Silva in its article on the upcoming Wild Goose Festival.
It seems that the USA Today didn’t call Silva, since it’s difficult to find a phone number for him (I have, and I’ve called him a couple times). Instead, the USA Today simply cribbed a quote from one of Silva’s blogs and took his word for his own credentials.
Silva is the pastor of Connecticut River Baptist Church in Claremont, New Hampshire. It is a church with no website, a hard-to-find phone number (or this phone number), and at last report, eight members. The address of the church, 24 Crescent Street, is a vacant building. (It is actually listed as the home of “Stevens Alumni,” whatever that is. It has also formerly been the home of “Green Acres Fine Food and Wine.”)
Those who have tried to “label” and “dismiss” Tony Jones will have a hard time believing that Tony would be so interested in a text that starts out, “There are two ways, one of life and one of death! and there is a great difference between the two ways.” But, he is, and so we reap the benefit.
As anyone should who’s in the public eye (including most pastors), I have a couple “vanity” searches set up in Google to automatically search my name along with a couple keywords. This allows me to keep an ear to the ground about what’s being said about me in the blogosphere.
And here’s something that hasn’t surprised me at all: There’s been nary a word by any critics about my new book, The Teaching of the Twelve.