The greycoats began as a spontaneous experiment. It grew quickly, largely due to our contact with Ernie Gruen and then the Lakeland thing….well, that was really too easy. But, on that wave we crested, got lofty thoughts, bought our own dotcom and decided to make a go of it. Well……we realized that we are technidiots. Some of you are fully aware of this after being subjected to the many bugs, delays, snafoos, and general fubar which characterized our website. Granted, some of this was committed at the hands of hackers (we don’t know who, only how) intent on unleashing moths in the greycoats closet. Well, that didn’t work. But, what did almost shut the doors and mop the floors at the greycoats cafe was a little topic called…..abortion. Yeah. We had some serious problems on an abortion thread with A. lack of monitoring B. the flatness of the blogging medium C. general miscommunication D. personal miscommunication and for E. Could it be??????? SATAN!!!!!
Well, there we were. In over our heads, not willing to hiring a webmaster (or spend the time it takes learning how to do that), not making any money, working full-time jobs, full-time seminary, full-time ministry, full-time families, but not fully agreeing on what to do with the greycoats. Ready to call it quits we were (notice the Yodaesque phrasing….adds a certain, ‘I don’t know what’, don’t you think?). But, we technidiots didn’t even know how to shut down our site. So we sort of kept on rolling.
We remembered the glorious ease of wordpress.com. The many applications, the free tech support, the many user forums, the glitch free performance, and so……..we also remembered why we started the greycoats. But, we also realized that our perspectives have changed. This has been due to several factors. A major one being time. Time away from immersion in the prophetic movement and the firsthand excesses of extreme charismaticism. However, other aspects effecting our thought train have certainly been our interface with the topics and readership of this blog.
With that said, we haven’t softened up our positions regarding the prophetic movement’s neo-Montanist whack-jobs who call themselves Christian leaders. We haven’t slacked up on our desire to see them exposed for the heretical pulpit pimps (think Creflo Dollar) and spiritual crack dealers (think John Crowder) that they really are. However, we are more inclined at this point to spend equal, if not more, time explaining the truth of what we believe rather than the untruth of what others believe. Frankly, and in the words of Drew Blom the ex-Sign of Jonah guru: we are getting tired “of trolling the proverbial gutter that is the prophetic movement.” If that is what it takes to be a successful blog, then I guess we just won’t be the big dogs on the block. Constantly digging up dirt on these dufuses (while sometimes extremely easy) tends to eat at the soul. We really aren’t heresy-hunters and have always resisted that label. Honest questions are one thing, but continually answering the same charges, arguments, and tired rhetoric of the extreme-charismatics has become quite honestly….boring.
We do thank you if you’ve hung in there with our little corner of blogdom. Please feel free to add your experiences with the greycoats to this thread, your comments or your critiques, or even a little loaded language if you feel so inclined. Thanks.