A Post of Apology to Steve McCoy

Who would want to read the blog of a guy who has to apologize?

This is what was going through my mind when I realized this morning I needed to apologize for something I had posted on my blog. I had done the very thing I had been disappointed to see in another. I had two choices. To apologize simply in the blog post or to do so in way that would possibly grab as much attention as the original post.


Last Friday I did a Random Thoughts post. It was a hit that got a lot of hits. Part of that may be due to the fact some of them were pretty humorous. But I suspect the last random thought was the real culprit.

“10. So this is the next the next movement? I wondered what would be next.”

The ‘this’ linked back to a blog post by Steve McCoy on his desire for a movement of open-air preaching throughout the country. My dismissive and flippant remark got more than a little attention.

Not two days later the Rob Bell/John Piper flap hit. One of my chief concerns was and is Piper’s flippant and dismissive tweet with a link to Justin Taylor’s post on Bell’s views on hell. Even if you don’t understand the context and the back story, you can see why I need to apologize.

I criticized Piper for being dismissive and flippant just days after doing the same to Steve McCoy.

So I would like to publicly apologize to you, Steve for my post. Please forgive me.

I’m about to hit ‘publish post.’ The need for this kind of belief in my acceptance and security as one who is in Christ lies heavy.  I suppose it will lie heavier as I cast it all into the open space of social media. But I am sure it will not be the last time.

I am sure some will find some humor in this. Not me. At least not yet.

5 thoughts on “A Post of Apology to Steve McCoy

  1. Gabe March 3, 2011 / 2:34 pm

    More of this is needed. Period. Thanks for what you wrote Matt.

  2. Steve McCoy March 3, 2011 / 3:09 pm

    Wow, that's a cool thing to do Matt. I'm really taken by your response, and humbled. Of course I forgive you.By the way, I would love your feedback on my posts (four of them now), either in the comments or email at pastorsteve [at] gmail [dot] com. I've been hoping for a little more pushback because I know it's out there. I really do want to see if what I'm feeling and thinking is what I think it is, or if I might have some of this wrong. I'm emailing professors, pastors, and authors and trying to get their feedback too. Thanks for your kindness, brother.

  3. Andy's Library March 3, 2011 / 4:05 pm

    Weird. I would have attributed the rise in blog traffic to the fact you got back to 'bacon thoughts'. You mean bacon's not a popular as Steve McCoy? Speechless.

  4. C-Dub Collins March 4, 2011 / 7:08 pm

    Oh yeah? Try making a Steve McCoy, Lettuce and Tomato sandwich! Not the same….

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