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  1. Em says:

    No Link comments yet?

    For me the two words that describe God are Holiness and grace – it can take a lifetime for a mortal to study and appreciate those two terms.. All the other attributes of our Creator that spin off of them….

    Pray for Michael, this site and send him some. $$s. 🙆

  2. Michael says:

    Em,
    Thanks.
    Linkathons are weird…you never know if they’re going to go big or go nowhere…

  3. Duane Arnold says:

    “When a liberal church goes pro-gay, we yawn. When an Assemblies of God congregation announces it’s “gay affirming”, we wake up.”

    I wish that we did not have to deal with this issue… but we are faced with it every day. I think part of the issue is that despite a 2000 year tradition of Moral Theology, we have failed in affirming a consistent sexual ethic. I do not hold to an inerrant or fundamentalist view of scripture. Yet many who do seem to be very accepting of divorce while condemning the LGBTQ community. Additionally, they often choose not to “see” couples who are living together without benefit of marriage. Beyond that, the explosion that we have seen in allegations of sexual misconduct by clergy – often covered up or even, upon occasion, excused – should help us to see that there is clearly something that has gone wrong.

    We cannot condemn one behavior while excusing or overlooking another. If we do, we should rightly be condemned as hypocrites. On the other hand, I’ve not noticed a movement to “affirm” divorce, premarital sex, extra-marital sex, or sexual misconduct by clergy… at least not yet. We live in a broken world. Part of that brokenness involves relationships. It seems to me that we need to arrive at a consistent ethic, but perhaps not one that affirms the brokenness we see around us.

  4. Michael says:

    Duane,

    The failure to maintain a consistent ethic does not just apply to sexual matters unfortunately, though we’re feeling the biggest impact there.
    I’m not sure that there is a way to regain the footing we once had to speak to all ethical issues.

  5. Em says:

    Good points, Dr. Duane… We don’t understand the command to stand … or so it seems to me … David danced before the Lord, not around Him

    I seem to remember when i applied for a secret security clearance that church affiliation was on the form
    Today i’d write in none… mid 20th century that would have been a black mark…

    Today church goers hear, “don’t be afraid of God. He loves you no matter what.” . .. Well yes and NO

    Old people can see changes – young people make them – good or bad? 😇. or so it seems to me, sittin here ponderin’

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