For years I heard how evil Willow Creek Community Church, and its pastor Bill Hybels, were. The talk was vicious. So about seven years ago I flew to Chicago IL and attended a conference at this church to see for myself. While there I watched this man weep over people who are far from God – something I have never seen his critics do.
Yesterday I was listening to Bill Hybels and two others on a CD from the Defining Moments leadership series. Towards the end of the discussion his voice cracked and I heard him weep again as he told the story of a friend of his, someone who was far from God, who finally showed up to church one Sunday. It was moving.
Some people really do have a sincere concern for the lost. Most of the internet police do not.