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July 01, 2008



hi Kester,
thanks for this blog. i've been a 'silent observer' for a while and have appreciated your candid thoughts on various subjects. you manage to bring everything back to basics somehow. Good luck with the new book, i like the concept and very timely.


Amazing.... the very day I buy your book you shut down the blog...

David Swanson

Thanks Kester. I've benefited from your writing (book and online) and I wish you well with this next project. If you ever need a place to stay in Chicago...

Mike Stavlund

Thanks for the blog and the book, Kester. I'm looking forward to the next one!


i am grateful kester for all your fine thinking, but also for the great questions you pose and help people to ponder - there has been a lot to wonder about on this blog and you are one of only a few people that often raises quite sensitive and controversial issues - i have enjoyed every visit - yes it has been fun hasn't it !?!- i wish you well with words for your new book, peace, julie


Kester, thank you for writing. I've read the book, scanned/read the blog. You make me think and that is a good thing.


ditto above. see you around...


Kester - email me if you want me to connect you to my agent - he's working with Nadia (and I think Pete) - he gets edgy and can help you when you're ready to go in that direction. Your call bud.

I'd recommend Phyllis Tickle's new book - The Great Emergence (NOT about emergent/emerging church), NT Wright's Surprised by Hope and Miroslav Volf's Remembering Rightly in a Violent World (took this book with me on my first trip to Israel and it had a very powerful impact as I was touring the holy lands).


Thanks Kester. All the best for the future!

Jon Reid

It's been a good ride, Kester. I look forward to whatever is next…


kester hi... like the idea for the next book - huge issue that will be a gift to us if you wrap your creative head around it. the complex christ is still one of the best and most creative books on all the emerging stuff so thanks. and i was delighted to see you had finally admitted what kind of theologian you are in the comments on pete's post on religionless christianity!!! i'd guessed it all along ;-)


Thanks for your thoughts. You have always given good insight!

steve lancaster

Bravo, Brother!

Dana Ames

Thanks Kester, much appreciated. Hope for all good things with the new book, new blog, family and produce from your allotment...


Paul Fromont

Thanks Kester. I've been provoked and encouraged by much on your blog over the years.

Peter Rollins

Kester, you are the man. Can't wait to see more of your stuff and really glad you haven't moved on from doing theology (something I worried about, we keep losing the best).

Gary Manders

Looking forward to tracking the development of your new book. Thanks for the stimulating thoughts up to this moment.

Steve Lancaster

If you've not already read it, can I recommend to you "The Feeling of What Happens: body, emotion and the making of consciousness" by Antonio Damasio, Vintage, 2000?

Powerful cutting edge work from a neuroscientist, not to mention a beautiful read, which might give your theological meditation on consciousness good grist to work with.

Not an easy topic, but embedded in this book is the idea that consciousness emerges (at least in part) as a homeostatic function. Church has not been good at homeostasis - too close an idea to being neither hot nor cold, but lukewarm. But the middle way has scriptural precedent - the narrow gate in the middle of the wall, for example.


Good thinking-

God Bless you with joy and insight. Feel his Love. Know it too.


Hi Kester, I'm not sure how best to get hold of you; hope this works and is alright (the topic seemed roughly right for what follows).
I'm trying to get hold of people willing to do seminars on emerging church and pioneering related matters for ordinands. If you would be up for considering this further get back to me, prob better at a.bowsher [at] stjohns-nottm.ac.uk
All the best ...


I enjoyed the book. I was intellectually challenged. I think there were only a couple of places where I wrote, "I disagree", in the margins. Hopefully I be able to incorporate much of what you wrote into our alternative faith community.

Br. Jay

Thank you for your blog, and God bless you and keep you.

Alastair McGowan

Sounds like a great book. Will go and read it. I have long wondered why the church has been so hierarchical, given Jesus' anarchic leanings. Vive the coming ecological age when all will be networked scale-free and controlled by the spirit and authority within.

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