“The great German scholar Helmut Thielicke once said that a person who speaks to this hour’s need will always be skirting the edge of heresy, but only the person who risks those heresies can gain the truth.”
(A quote from the first chapter of Rob Bell’s book “What We Talk About When We Talk About God.” HarperCollins Publisher, 2013-01-29. iBooks.)
If you’ve not been called a heretic at least a few times in your ministry, then you’re probably not asking the gritty questions the average person is asking in the secret places of life, and you’re definitely not exploring authentic ideas around those questions. (that’s a Bruce quote from a sermon back in 2009).